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As COVID-19 Caused a Global Surge in Domestic and Sexual Violence, New Tool Created in Collaboration with the United Nations and World Bank Group Closes Information Gap with More Easily Accessible and Frequently Updated Resources

New York, March 24, 2021 – Today, The NO MORE Foundation is launching a groundbreaking global directory of domestic violence and sexual assault support resources. Created in collaboration with the United Nations and World Bank Group, the NO MORE Directory includes up-to-date information for every UN-recognized country around the world. 

The NOMOREDirectory closes a huge information gap that has existed for decades, providing companies, governments, universities, community organizations and individuals easy access to find or direct people to the support they need, no matter in what country they reside. The new site includes both domestic violence and sexual assault resources, including hotlines and links to nonprofit organizations. 

The new online resource comes at a critical moment when demand for support services is up, as  COVID-19 has caused a surge in domestic and sexual violence around the globe. According to a NO MORE Report released on March 10th, a survey of more than 110 domestic and sexual violence frontline support service providers in 31 countries showed that demand for help rose by more than 60% over the past year of the pandemic. 

“In a more globalized world, the new NOMOREDirectory provides an essential tool at a most-needed time for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as their families, friends and employers,” said Pamela Zaballa, Global Executive Director of the NO MORE Foundation. “Being able to get help is the first step to stopping violence. We are grateful to the United Nations and World Bank Group for supporting this critical project.”

In a report issued last week, the World Health Organization now estimates that globally about one in three (30%) women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (27%) of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.

About NO MORE: The NO MORE Foundation is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action, and fueling culture change. With more than 1,400 allied organizations and over 40 state, local, and international chapters, NO MORE sparks grassroots activism, encouraging everyone—women and men, youth and adults, from all walks of life—to be part of the solution. The Foundation creates and provides public awareness campaigns, educational resources and community organizing tools free-of-charge for anyone wanting to stop and prevent violence. First launched in 2013, NO MORE has brought together the largest coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, governmental agencies, major corporations, universities, communities and individuals, all under a common brand and a unifying symbol in support of a world free of violence.

About The United Nations: The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded in 1945.  It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

The UN system, also known unofficially as the ‘UN family’, is made up of the UN itself and many programmes, funds, and specialized agencies, all with their own leadership and budget.  The programmes and funds are financed through voluntary rather than assessed contributions. The Specialized Agencies are independent international organizations funded by both voluntary and assessed contributions.

About the World Bank Group: The World Bank Group plays a key role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. It consists of five institutions: the World Bank, including the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA); the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Working together in more than 100 countries, these institutions provide financing, advice, and other solutions that enable countries to address the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, please visit,, and

The World Bank Group’s corporate Domestic Abuse Prevention Program (DAPP) provides services aimed at helping prevent the escalation of domestic abuse by focusing on early intervention and assistance for WBG staff or dependents who may be impacted by an abusive relationship.

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