NOW recognizes violence against women as the broad and interconnected issue that it is. Violence against women manifests in many ways – domestic violence; sexual assault and harassment; abortion clinic violence; hate crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation and race – and is perpetuated through the gender bias in our judicial system and systems of economic oppression. Our work to end violence against women seeks to address these structural problems in our nation and also challenge society’s attitudes toward women, both of which limit women’s freedom and agency.

Watch the video below to understand why.



Title IX

Title IX is a civil rights law adopted under the Education Amendments in 1972. It protects people from being discriminated against on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving federal assistance. Discrimination can be harassment, sexual assaults, and denial of educational resources. Title IX applies to not only educational attainment but also access to athletic activities. Title IX’s strength is crucial in ending violence against women because it ensures that women receive the support they deserve after such a crime has been inflicted upon them. To learn more about the current status and support measures available, please check out the resources below.

National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233,

For any victims and survivors who need support, the NDVH for there you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Línea directa nacional de violencia doméstica, 1-800-799-7233, para cualquier víctima y sobreviviente que necesite apoyo, se puede comunicar 24 horas del día. Llame al 1-800-799-7233 o al 1-800-799-7233 para TTY, o si no puede hablar de manera segura, puede iniciar sesión en o enviar la palabra LOVEIS por mensaje de texto al 22522.

Para información en español, visita la página “En Español.

National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673,

Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline. You can also visit to receive support via confidential online chat

Many states have their own domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines with helpful information offered in a number of languages. You can reach their websites by entering the name of your state + domestic violence hotline or sexual assault hotline. Guidance to law enforcement assistance, shelters, counseling and other important services are provided.