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Here at the hotline we’re talking about the most current topics related to domestic violence  — and we want to hear what you have to say. Join in on the discussions by leaving a comment on a post, responding to someone else’s comment, or sharing the content with your Facebook and Twitter friends. If you’re interested in writing for us and becoming part of our blogging community, send an email to blogger@ndvh.org.

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"Help! My Ex is Harassing Me Online"

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April 15, 2014
Breakups are a difficult time for any couple, but they can be an especially difficult and potentially dangerous time for survivors of abusive relationships. Even if you’re able to safely leave the relationship, the abusive partner can still cause harm from afar in a variety of ways.
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Pressure and Persuasion: A Closer Look at Sexual Coercion

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April 7, 2014
Have you ever felt pressured by your partner to have sex? Have you ever felt guilted into it, or felt like you weren’t able to say no? Abuse is often centered on power and control in all aspects of the relationship, so it’s not uncommon that an abusive partner will try to force intimacy.
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April 1, 2014
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), during which activists from all over the nation seek to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate individuals and communities about how to end it. This effort requires many voices - including yours!
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The Hotline Believes Abuse is Never Acceptable

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March 28, 2014
You’ve probably been hearing about Ray Rice, the 27-year-old running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Rice has recently been charged with aggravated assault (a felony) against his fiancée, Janay Palmer. Here at the hotline, we’ve been watching Rice’s case unfold. No matter what happens with this individual case, we wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate that violence within a relationship is NEVER acceptable.
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Hotline President Katie Ray-Jones Testifies in Washington

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March 25, 2014
Today the hotline’s president and acting CEO, Katie Ray-Jones, testified in front of the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington, DC. In her testimony, she asked for full funding of domestic violence programs in order to fill crucial needs for victims across the nation.
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How to Maximize Online Privacy

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March 24, 2014
If you’re in an abusive relationship, or if you’ve left one, you are likely even more concerned than the average person about maintaining privacy online. For most of us it may not be possible to opt out of using the internet altogether, but there are a few things you can do to maximize your online privacy.

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For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170 different languages.

The hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, the hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.

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What is Domestic Violence?

Abuse can take many different forms. Get the facts here.

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The hotline is a symbol of hope. I wrote the number up and pasted it on the wall because I’m like, ‘This is a lifeline, this is where I’m going to turn my life around. I’m going to get safe and I’m going to stay safe.’

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Lisa

It was good because the other person listened. It helped to just not to be afraid to talk about it, to make you feel like you’re not crazy — because you can get to a point where that’s exactly how you feel.

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Francesca

Domestic violence is NOT a family matter. It is everyone’s business. It affects us all even if we are not directly abused.

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Sil Lai Abrams

The hotline arms victims with a truth that can eventually truly set them free.

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