Survivors in Action
May 8, 2012
Tax payer funding continues to fund agencies like National Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime and others while no direct services are offered to victims.
Below is an article written by Identity Theft expert, Ms. San Juan, from the Economic Abuse Recovery Center. Ms. SanJuan addresses the needs of victims and the lack of assistance and help provided by the National Stalking Resource Center. There is a misconception that the National Stalking Resource Center provides assistance to stalking victims. Make no mistake, this center collects the lion share of the funding for stalking victims, but offers no support to victims in need. A copy of their public 990 Tax return is included within this post.
Stalking Victims Need More Resources
By Jodie SanJuan – Executive Director of the Economic Abuse Recovery Center
To view public records tax information for non-profit visit GuideStar here and follow the below step by step instructions.
How do I find 990s on GuideStar?
- Enter a nonprofit’s name in the search field on GuideStar’s Web site at www.guidestar.org.
- Hit the Search button.
- On the search results page, click on the name of the nonprofit you are searching for.
- In the organization’s nonprofit report, click the “Forms 990 & Docs” tab.
- Click on the link for the Form 990 that you want to view.
Paris Hilton’s stalker was recently arrested outside of her home, and she was quoted as saying that although she has a “great security system and four 24-hour bodyguards” she still fears that no security measures will be able to keep her safe from a determined predator. If Paris is afraid and she can afford a security team, how does the average stalking victim feel who can’t afford additional security measures?
Resources for stalking victims are surprisingly scarce. The National Center for Victims of Crime also known as the National Stalking Resource Center, operates a Stalking Resource Center, but their website says that the Victims Helpline ‘is temporarily closed’. Instead, they suggest that you review their fact sheets and brochures that offer tips such as how to keep a stalking incident and behavior log and their safety plan guidelines.
These are great tools, but where do victims actually turn to for help?
When a victim reaches the point where they need to call a Helpline, they need real help not reading material. The Stalking Resource Center is a nationally funded program that is unable to service victims or even refer them to another organization for assistance. They do however, ask for donations to ‘give victims a lifeline’.
The website states that $50 provides two hours of support for 6 victims and $200 provides one day of support for 36 victims (and so on). They also offer an exclusive membership package but again, they do not service victims. It can then be assumed that these funds are utilized for the training that they provide to other organizations, but even their workshop/conferences range between $375-$575 to attend and they include a continental breakfast and lunch. Attendees stay at the Hyatt Regency and are encouraged to ‘fully enjoy their visit to the nation’s capitol’. This event is supported in part through funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, so it’s hard to comprehend how they can manage to organize events like this but are unable to operate a Helpline. This is unacceptable and one more reason why Domestic Violence and Stalking Reform is so important. Too often, victims are falling through the cracks and not receiving the assistance that they need and deserve.
If you have a review of a domestic violence organization or state agency that you would like to share, Please visit DVReform.org. This is a grassroots movement where victims, advocates and friends of victims can share information and resources in an online support community. The mission is to hold domestic violence and stalking organizations, charities, coalitions, and advocates accountable and to ensure that they are providing real help to those who need it most – the victims.
What you can do today to help: Sign the stalking reform petition. Tell Congress to stop funding agencies like the National Stalking Resource Center and others that do not provide direct support to victims.