Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors involving physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuse of an intimate partner for the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and control over the other partner. When batterers fear that they are losing control of their victims, the violence often escalates. Research shows that victims of domestic violence are most at risk when they are attempting to leave the batterer. Access to a victim's address, telephone number, etc. can endanger a victim of domestic violence.
Many states allow information from voter registration and drivers' licenses to be accessible to the public. As a result, batterers often search public records to obtain the physical address of their victims in order to stalk them. State-operated Address Confidentiality Programs (ACPs) provide victims of domestic violence with a legal substitute address to prevent their perpetrators from using public records to track them down. For more valuable information about ACPs, read this publication from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Address Confidentiality Programs
A serious concern is raised by laws enacted in defense of terrorism, which require persons to have "real ID." Many States have passed "Anti-Real ID legislation" to protect victims of DV who are in Address Confidentiality Programs. To read more about this issue and to see whether your State legislature has legislation pending or enacted, see the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website here. There are many other valuable resource links on that page.
To view the status of Anti-Real ID legislation in the U.S - State by State click here.
Learn what an address confidentiality program can and cannot do here. See Climbing out broken windows.
Every victim of domestic violence should prepare a safety plan to avoid escalation of violence when preparations to leave are being made. Learn more about formulating a safety plan: See Domestic Abuse | Protecting yourself and Domestic violence | Guiding victims | Supporting survivors
There are many agencies available to help women in Asian and Asian-American families to escape and/or to prevent family violence. See, for example:
Domestic violence resources ·
Tel. 415-954-9988, ext. 315 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A collection of news articles concerning domestic violence and sexual violence is found here on the website of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
If you need crisis help:
24-hour line: 888-664-8624
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24-hour line: 734-995-5444
Detroit Police Department Rape Counseling Center and Domestic Violence
24-hour lines: 313-833-1660 or 313-833-9813
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