The facts are chilling. "Statistics Canada" tells us that a sixth of all murders committed in Canada in any given year are committed by a spouse. Of those, three quarters of the victims are women. We'll never know many women live in fear of their partners or are living in abusive relationships. So what can a woman do to protect herself? Some women decide that the only way is to disappear and then start over as someone else. Produced by Barbara Saxberg of the CBC.
Disappearing Act was produced by
Barbara Saxberg for the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation. It aired as
part of the international documentary
exchange series, "Crossing
The largest provider of shelter and services for women victims of violence and their families in the United
States, more than 650,000 people come to the YWCA each year for assistance and support to overcome violence.
U.S. Department of Justice -- Violence Against Women Office
The Department of Justice's Violence Against Women
Office leads a comprehensive national effort to combine tough new federal laws with assistance to states and localities
to fight domestic violence and other crimes against women.
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE, RAINN is a non-profit organization based in
Washington, D.C. that operates a national toll-free hotline for victims of sexual assault.
National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center
aiming to reduce rape, domestic assault, stalking, and
other violent crimes against women by fostering prevention research collaborations among advocates, practitioners,
policy makers, and scientists.
National Organization for Women
NOW organizes many anti-violence campaigns and demonstrations throughout the
country and provides information on violence against women.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
For local referrals or confidential counseling, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE
(7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD). For emergencies, please call your local police at 911.