Active Bystander Tips and Resources:

Bystander and Upstander Strategies

Services/Assistance:

National Domestic Violence Hotline – provides confidential phone support, live chat, information on issues and resources, and great blogs.

RAINN: Rape Abuse & Incest National Network offers confidential live chat support, resources, and information on sexual violence for survivors, advocates, and loved ones.

YAAPP: Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program provides great educational and support programming and resources for youth around dating abuse.

www.thatsnotcool.com – website designed for teens addressing digital dating abuse (harassment through cell, email, and text technology). Great use of video scenarios where teens choose the response they would suggest.

Violence Prevention Programs

Violence Prevention Network (VPN) – Prevention. Action. Change. is a member of VPN – a coalition of organizations in Cumberland County Maine committed to preventing violence through education and shifting cultural norms.

International Efforts:

www.nomeansnoworldwide.org – NO MEANS NO is a coalition of professional men and women working to bring rape prevention strategies to the far reaches of the world. We come from all walks of life to participate in the development and programming of NO MEANS NO with the mission of bringing simple, high impact Self Defense training to as many women and children as possible worldwide.

Child / Youth Safety Resources:

www.missingkids.com – Center for Missing and Exploited Children: general child safety information as well as tips and materials for parents, teens, and educators.

www.thatsnotcool.com – website designed for teens addressing digital dating abuse (harassment through cell, email, and text technology). Great use of video scenarios where teens choose the response they would suggest.

ACLS Pediatric Health and Safety Guide – articles and resources focused on home, neighborhood, and school safety and health issues.

Neighborhood Safety:

www.familywatchdog.us or http://sor.informe.org/sor/ will let you know who in your area is currently listed on the sex offender’s registry. Note: the registry covers a huge range of offenses not all of which indicate predation or pedophilia.

Bullying information:

www.stopbullyingnow.com – The website of Stan Davis, Maine educator and author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs includes tips and strategies.

Safety Tips:

www.girlsfightback.org – safety tips, tools, equipment and resource links.

www.nwmaf.org – find a certified Empowerment Self Defense Instructor in your area and learn more about the differences between self-defense and martial arts.