Fifteen Years of Saving Lives

National Domestic Violence Hotline Awareness

Fifteen Years of Saving Lives

Fifteen years ago today, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received its first call for help from a father seeking help for his daughter who was in an abusive relationship.

Advocates answer the phone lines at The Hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working tirelessly to be a source of help, comfort and hope for all victims of domestic violence. Advocates understand that every call can potentially save a life. And because many Hotline advocates have themselves been victims of domestic violence, they understand the importance of a live voice on the line and the ability of The Hotline to connect callers to life-saving resources in their own communities.

When then Senator Joseph R. Biden and Senator Orrin G. Hatch co-authored the Violence Against Women Act, they could not have imagined that the historic legislation which created a national, toll-free hotline for victims of domestic violence would have 15 years later resulted in over 2.5 million calls for help to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

We are grateful for the many partners who understand the vital need for The Hotline to be a beacon of help and hope to every caller – the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, local family violence programs, domestic violence coalitions and the many corporate, foundation, government and individual partners who have supported us over the years. We thank you all for your past and continued support in helping to reach the millions of women, men and children who seek to live a life free from violence.

There is more to be done in raising awareness of The Hotline as a vital resource to victims, their family, friends and other caring individuals. Many celebrities, including Salma Hayek, Martina McBride and Jason Witten have joined their voices with ours to raise awareness of The Hotline as a resource. Actress Marlee Matlin is the latest member of our 15th Anniversary Honorary Committee who is helping us reach out in our public awareness campaign.

Please visit our 15 year timeline to learn more about the valuable work that has been done over the last 15 years.

The Hotline is a source of help and hope and we will be here for you.

To make a donation to The Hotline, please visit our Donate page.

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  1. I have a daughter that is being abused and controlled. She is not allowed to see her parents or sister or any family. I have tried so hard to help her but i cant seem to convince her that this is wrong. She has been threatened with death and i believe this is why she stays. She has a son and has been threatened if she leaves the abuser will take the son back to his country and she will never see him. WE are not allowed to see our Grandson. I have called so many hotlines for help and understanding. I have gotten a lot of runaround,pass the buck, and mind my own business. There has to be help somewhere and i want to be a part of the help. Where do i start, who do i call, who will listen to my story, who will believe me, where is the help. I will not give up . I want to see all women and children safe from abuse and violence. I believe the answer is education and iam willing to do what ever it takes to help women understand their situations. Somebody help, tell me how to start.

  2. Hi Rick,

    I know it must be frustrating and upsetting to see your daughter in an abusive relationship. Many victims, like your daughter, do stay in domestic violence relationships because their partner threatens their life. Another common threat is that the abuser willl take their child. These two threats can make the thought of leaving a domestic violence relationship terrifying. I am sorry you have gotten the run around from different agencies. Our advocates at The National Domestic Violence Hotline would be happy to speak to you more about your daughter’s situation. You can contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-7233

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