For immediate support and more information please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at TTY 1-800-787-3224.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training.
Are You Being Abused?
Does the person you love:
- Threaten to hurt you or your children?
- Say it’s your fault if he or she hits you, promises it won’t happen again, but it does?
- Put you down in public or keep you from contacting family or friends?
- Throw you down, push, hit, choke, kick, or slap you?
- Force you to have sex when you don’t want to?
Just one “yes” answer means you’re involved in an abusive relationship. If so, you’re not alone and you have choices. No one deserves to be abused.
Hotline Services Include:
- Crisis intervention, safety planning, information about domestic violence and referrals to local service providers
- Direct connection to domestic violence resources available in the caller’s area provided by a Hotline advocate
- Assistance in both English and Spanish with Hotline advocates having access to more than 170 different languages through interpreter services
- Assistance through e-mail on the contact page
- Informational materials on such topics as domestic violence, sexual assault, battering intervention and prevention programs, working through the criminal justice system and related issues
Find help in your area
To find help in your state, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
To find out more information about domestic violence in your state, call or write to one of the following state coalitions.
Safety planning for someone involved in an abusive relationship is a necessary and important step. Planning can be used while you are still with your abuser or after the relationship has ended. While still in an abusive relationship, your safety is of primary importance.
- Personal Safety with an Abuser
- Getting Ready to Leave
- General Guidelines for Leaving an Abusive Relationship
- After Leaving the Abusive Relationship
- For a Printable Personal Safety Plan Click Here
These safety suggestions have been compiled from safety plans distributed by state domestic violence coalitions from around the country. Following these suggestions is not a guarantee of safety, but could help to improve your safety situation.
Stay Safe – Recognize the Signs of Abuse
- Am I being abused? Learn how to recognize abuse
- Am I abusing others? Learn how to recognize whether you are an abuser
- Is your teen being abused? Learn to detect the signs of teen abuse
- Lean more about domestic violence
- Learn about Internet Safety