NCADV & Theresa’s Fund Launch DV Provider Database
By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Specialist
Last week the Director of Theresa’s Fund, Chris McMurry, asked me to take a look at a new website his organization created in partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
The site, domesticshelters.org, makes it simple for someone experiencing domestic violence to locate nearby services. A user can search by address, zip code, or state. They can also search by service type (ie counseling, legal assistance, etc.) and by languages spoken. In addition to connecting visitors with providers, domesticshelters.org also offers other resources.
Visitors can read articles with tips on how to stay safe, access a list of chat rooms and online forums that offer support, as well as contact info for each state’s domestic violence coalition. Additionally, It is possible to search for organizations in your area that offer community education services. So for example, if you are a professor looking for someone to come in a discuss domestic violence with your class you can use the database to locate a speaker.
I played around with the site for a bit and it is a very user-friendly database. The only change I would like to see is that they include LGBT specific services in the drop down menu. While it is nice to believe otherwise, the reality is not every shelter or service provider is LGBT affirming. With that being said, that this is an excellent resource.