Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

As Congress returns for the lame duck session, they face a number of outstanding issues — one of which is the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA is a vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities; it cannot simply be checked off of Congress’s to-do list by changing the dates for existing funding, ignoring the cries of countless survivors and direct service providers to do more. Survivors and their communities need Congress to take meaningful action.


The awareness of the scope of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking occurring in our nation has never been greater. Congress must pass a bipartisan VAWA reauthorization that invests in increased evidence-based prevention, enhances survivors’ access to safety and justice, and maintains critical protections for vulnerable communities.


Requested Action

Contact your members of Congress to tell them:

  • VAWA is vital to protecting community safety, preventing violence, serving victims, and holding abusers accountable.
  • A VAWA that rolls back important protections for vulnerable communities or that fails to make important improvements identified by victims and survivors is unacceptable. Simple changing the dates on the existing funding will not address the needs of survivors.
  • VAWA has always been, and must always be, bipartisan.

HOPE is currently accepting resumes for a full-time Financial Assistant/ Office Manager

HOPE is currently accepting resumes for a full-time Financial Assistant/ Office Manager. Experience & skills needed: typing, accounting, data entry, Quick Books & Microsoft Office, fundraising. Should be sensitive to the needs of abuse victims & capable of maintaining confidentiality. Bachelor’s degree in business preferred. Experience in social services is a plus.We offer excellent benefits and are an equal opportunity employer. Submit resume and cover letter to the Executive Director by email at or by fax to (304)367-0362. E.O.E


STOP Team Coordinator

STOP Team Coordinator

HOPE is currently accepting resumes for a full-time Victim Advocate in our Harrison
County office. Bachelor’s degree in a human service field and/or experience working with victims is preferred. We offer excellent benefits and are an equal opportunity employer.
Please send a resume and cover letter to the Executive Director by email at or by fax to (304)367-0362. E.O.E.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event was conceived by the National Coalition against Domestic Violence in 1981, with the intent of setting aside October to link advocates across the nation to end violence against women and children. The themes of this advocacy period are:

  • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
  • Celebrating those who have survived
  • Connecting those who work to end violence

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) joins the nation in bringing awareness to the effort to prevent the horrors of domestic violence.

We should be reminded that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), someone is physically abused by an intimate partner every 20 minutes. On an annual basis, over 10 million people experience domestic violence. Although incidents occur among all races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, ages, and levels of socioeconomic status, over 85 percent of reported victims are women.

Advocates will need to be prepared to actively support reauthorization of the Violence against Women Act of 2018 (VAWA). This critical legislation-which has been in place since 1994-is up for reauthorization in FY 2018.

Resources for Information on Domestic Violence

National Coalition against Domestic Violence

U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence against Women

CDC Violence Prevention

NASW Press

National Network to End Domestic Violence

Human Trafficking Hotline

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.
Call the Hotline1-888-373-7888

WV Center for Children’s Justice: Children’s Justice Task Force

Child Abuse and neglect are community problems requiring community solutions. The WV Children’s Justice Task Force, a multi-disciplinary body of public and private agencies and individuals, is committed to the protection of children. Our mission is to identify barriers to the successful investigation, prosecution, and resolution of child abuse and neglect issues; and to educate and advocate for change.
The WV Center for Children’s Justice (WV CCJ) at the West Virginia State Police administers the federal Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grant funds for the state of West Virginia. Funds are utilized to develop innovative programs to improve the investigation, prosecuting and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases. The West Virginia CJA Task force is responsible for making recommendations to the WV DHHR, Bureau for Children and Families regarding policies, programs and funding which improve the system’s handling of these cases.

WV Center for Children’s Justice
WV State Police Academy, PDC
123 Academy Drive
Dunbar, WV 25064

(304) 766-5881

WV YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program

YWCA Resolve Family Abuse Program

1426 Kanawha Blvd. East

Charleston, WV  25301

(304) 340-3549


Fax: (304) 347-8655


YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program

1100 Chapline Street

Wheeling, WV  26003

(304) 232-2748

1- 800-698-1247

Fax: (304) 232-0513

YWCA Wheeling Facebook

Serves the following counties:Marshall     (304) 845-9150

Ohio           (304) 232-2748

Wetzel        (304) 455-6400

Serves the following counties: Boone     (304) 369-4189

Clay        (304) 587-7243

Kanawha (304) 340-3549

WV Women’s Aid in Crisis

Women’s Aid in Crisis

PO Box 2062

Elkins, WV  26241

(304) 636-8433

Fax: (304) 636-5564

Serves the following counties:Barbour         (304) 457-5020

Braxton          (304) 765-2848

Randolph      (304) 636-8433

Tucker           (304) 478-4552

Upshur           (304) 473-0106

Webster         (304) 847-2211