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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.

Latest Posts

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Quick Look: Police Reports and Protective Orders

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September 25, 2014
At the Hotline, we’re here to help you find resources and discuss your options if you are in an abusive relationship. For some victims, those options include taking legal action against their abusive partners.
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Helping a Parent in an Abusive Relationship

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September 18, 2014
When abuse is happening in a relationship, it can affect whole families, including children who are witnesses to the abuse and violence. What can you do if your parent is in an abusive relationship?
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Campus Safety Awareness Month

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September 2, 2014
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, which aims to call attention to issues of campus safety and help young adults learn how to stay safe and help keep others safe, too.
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Children as an Abusive Mechanism

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August 29, 2014
Abusive partners exert power and control over their significant others through many different tactics — and unfortunately, using children can become a tactic.
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When Your Partner Threatens Suicide

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August 21, 2014
If your partner regularly threatens suicide to get their way or keep you from leaving, this is emotional abuse and there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
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Keeping Your Pets Safe

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August 14, 2014
In many cases, victims of domestic violence may try to take their pets with them when they are able to leave the relationship, but find that their local domestic violence shelters do not accept pets. Fortunately, this is changing, and shelters for domestic violence and abuse victims are beginning to create spaces for pets.

About Us

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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Am I Being Abused?

Worried that you might be in an unsafe relationship? Learn more.

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How Can I Make a Safety Plan?

Helping you plan for your safety is extremely important to us.

How Can I Help a Friend?

Is someone you know in an unhealthy relationship? There are ways to help.

Saving Lives, Giving Hope

Anonymous

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.

Sil Lai AbramsNational Advisory Board