The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (DAHMW) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization, and is a member of the Maine Association of Nonprofits. DAHMW is at the forefront of today’s new perspectives on Intimate Partner Abuse and actively assists the research community.
To provide crisis intervention and support services to victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their families in order to help survivors recover from the trauma of IPV. We work toward the elimination of IPV by increasing public awareness and decreasing tolerance of IPV through community collaboration and education. DAHMW strives to improve the quality and safety of the lives of victims who are seeking peace in their homes and in their daily existence.
FROM OUR FOUNDER
The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women is a national non profit founded in 2000 in Harmony, Maine. Our agency was established to compliment the traditional domestic violence shelter programs that specialize in services for women abused by their male intimate partners. We specialize in offering supportive services to men abused by their female intimate partners. However, all who call us, whether they are male or female in a heterosexual or same sex abusive relationship are offered the same respect and support because no one deserves to be abused.
Internet and Computer Safety
If you are in an abusive relationship and your abuser has access to your computer, it is important that you take precautionary steps to hide your internet activities.
The best way to protect yourself is to use a computer your abuser cannot access! Access a computer at a friend’s house or at the library. Use any computer that your abuser cannot access.
Covering Your Tracks
If you must use a computer your abuser can access, you can attempt to cover your tracks by doing the following:
1) Use an email account your abuser cannot access
2) Delete insecure information created by your web browser
Even if you take these cautionary steps, your abuser may be able to discover your online activities. To ensure that your online activities are not discovered by your abuser, you must use a computer that your abuser cannot access and be on a wireless or wired network which is not controlled by your abuser.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has information regarding internet, cell phone and social networking safety. If you are in danger, try to use a safe computer, land line, cell phone and be aware of the risks in social networking. More information can be found here.
The Facebook Safety Committee added a Domestic Violence Watchdog to which the NNEDV is an advisor. Caution is necessary on any social networking site and more information is available here.
HELPING MEN AND WOMEN IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS
DAHMW was founded in October 2000. Since that time we have had thousands of calls come into the helpline from Maine and around the country.
We collaborate with a number of the established women’s domestic violence shelters in the country that also understand that the human capacity for family violence is not limited or dictated by gender. DAHMW offers support and practical services to victims, to the best of our ability given our limited financial resources.
Our trained volunteer advocates cover our toll free abuse helpline in shifts throughout the day and night. They take calls from victims, their family members and friends who are concerned about them, as well as social services agencies looking for referrals and supportive services for their male clients. 100% of our volunteers (and staff) are compassionate, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence.