You can help end violence by sharing information and advocate for change in your community.
Women in Atlanta Trafficked Every Month
Abused by an Intimate Partner Every Year
Of Women Raped in their Lifetime
Know the facts, so you can join our fight.
You can help fight domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking in your community, by spreading awareness and advocating for change.
Atlanta has been known as the number one hub of human trafficking and child sex exploitation in the United States. Human Trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, or abduction, or fraud or deception for the purpose exploitation. Human Trafficking includes both Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking. Sex Trafficking is the trafficking and exploitation of any person, including anyone under the age of 18, into commercial sexual exploitation. Labor trafficking includes persons trafficked into non-sex work, including domestic labor.
- Every 10 minutes, 1 person is trafficked into the U.S. Internationally, a victim is exploited every minute
- In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that there are currently more than 200,000 slaves or trafficking victims
- More than one-half of victims trafficked into the U.S. are thought to be children whose average age is 13
Trafficked victims are often driven from Atlanta to other parts of the state to be exploited. Children as young as 7 are consistently victimized, manipulated, starved, beaten unmercifully and threatened into a dark, helpless reality of forced labor. More money is made from the exploitation of children in Atlanta than is made from all sporting events and concerts combined.
- In Georgia, 12,400 men purchase sex with young women in a given month
- More than 27,000 men purchase sex with young women more than once per year
- 100 adolescent females are sexually exploited each night in Georgia; 200-300 new young girls are trafficked in Atlanta monthly
- In Georgia, adolescent females under age 18 are sexually exploited by an adult male on an average of 3 times per night
- Over 7,200 men pay for sex with a child every month. These children are forced to be with between 10 and 50 men a night
Please help us eradicate these statistics. You can help stop human trafficking now by spreading awareness and advocating for change. Your donations to IWH go directly to the victims of sexual exploitation.
Domestic violence is called a “silent epidemic,” striking in any family, community or culture. While victims come from all backgrounds, races and income levels, the majority are women. Some recent statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- In the United States, 1 in 3 women have been victims of some form of intimate partner abuse
- On average in the United States, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. That equates to over 10 million per year.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner
Domestic violence can take many forms, including emotional or verbal abuse, deprivation of money and other resources, restraint of normal activities, physical intimidation, and sexual coercion or assault. In some cases, homicides result. Statistics from the 2015 Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence between their parents, or between a parent and the parent’s partner
- Nationally, it is estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 children each year are impacted by domestic violence homicides when either the parent is a victim or perpetrator
- In 2015 there were 139 homicides in the state of Georgia as a result of family and intimate partner violence
Atlanta is an international city with a growing refugee and immigrant population. IWH focuses its resources on helping victims of the most underserved members of our community. Recognizing the non-English-speaking battered women are among the most isolated and vulnerable victims of domestic violence, the staff seeks to help clients feel comfortable in their surroundings by respecting cultural differences and special needs, thus providing a place for safety and healing to help end the cycle of violence.
You can help end domestic and intimate partner violence. Share information and advocate for change in your community. Become involved as a volunteer or donor to organizations like IWH where your resources go directly to serving victims and helping them to begin a new life as a self-sufficient survivor.
Our Sexual Assault & Rape Prevention Program (S.A.R.A.) offers assistance with the following services:
- Legal Advocacy
- Accompaniment to Assault-Related Medical Appointments
- Victim Compensation
Sexual Assault is often a taboo subject and it can be difficult for a victim to come forward for assistance. Unfortunately, it is all too common.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped in their lifetime
- Almost half of all victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance
- 45% of female rape victims were raped by an intimate partner
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, please call our hotline at 770-413-5557 to reach out to a client advocate for assistance. We are here to help.
How can you help a friend?
Keep in mind that abusive relationship are complicated and victims may have many reasons they hide the abuse or seem hesitant to leave. Have compassion and show support. Offer to pick your friend up and accompany them to a meeting with a victims advocate.
You may call our hotline and ask to speak with an advocate to receive more information. (770) 413-5557
Someone you know could be at risk!
If you answer YES to four or more of the questions below, you may be at risk.
24/7 Crisis Hotline (770) 413-5557
1. Do you often feel powerless and unable to control your life?
2. When something good happens, do you feel as if you don’t deserve it?
3. Do you tend to blame yourself for things that go wrong?
4. Do you usually feel that you don’t have the right to say “no” when someone wants something from you?
5. Are you the child or relative of someone who has been abused?
6. If someone apologizes to you for hurtful behavior, do you easily forgive the person?
7. Is it difficult for you to share your true feelings with someone else?
8. Do you think your happiness depends on having a boyfriend/girlfriend?
9. Do you allow yourself to accept abuse from others?
10. If you felt you were a potential victim in a relationship, would you try to stick it out?
If you are experiencing domestic violence or think that you could be at risk, please know our team is here for you. Call our 24/7 hotline now for advice and support.
The following organizations work hand-in-hand with IWH to support survivors and their families. Please reach out to them for additional support.
Direct services for Latino families affected by domestic violence.
Providing direct services for survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Providing assistance to victims of domestic violence with pets who need temporary shelter for their pets.
Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Referrals and legal representation to victims of domestic violence.