As many as one in four women and one in seven men experience some form of abuse.

This is our 2013 How I #SeeDV campaign. For this year’s campaign, please click here.

With domestic violence (DV) affecting such a large percentage of Americans, why don’t we talk about this issue more? Why don’t we discuss relationship health with our friends and family?

To spark change, we have to talk openly and acknowledge how domestic abuse affects our communities, our families and our lives. We have to be brave. We have to See DV.

There is only one way to end domestic violence — together. October is a chance for a national discussion about an issue that has claimed too many lives and must be addressed. Join us for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness of abuse, one story, one statement, one survivor at a time.

Your turn: Tell us how you see domestic violence! This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re inviting everyone to speak up. Tell us about a time when you saw domestic violence firsthand. Tell us about the effects of DV. Tell us why it is important to you to speak up now.


Ways to Participate:

  • Share your story — Do you have a blog? Write about your own thoughts around domestic violence. Or tell your story by word-of-mouth to friends.
  • Make it social — Tweet, Facebook, Instagram about the campaign, sharing your perspective on domestic violence. Use the #SeeDV hashtag on your images or posts.
  • Give your story life — Create a video around the campaign, whether by Vine, Instagram or YouTube.
  • Connect with us Follow The National Domestic Violence Hotline on Facebook and Twitter, tag us in your social media posts, sign the 3 Minutes for 3 Million pledge and keep visiting
  • Host a phone drive — Support HopeLine from Verizon and collect no-longer-used phones in your community

Take the 3 Minutes for 3 Million Pledge

The hotline answered its 3 millionth call this past month – this milestone represents those who have been positively impacted by our advocates but also the increasing need for lifesaving services. Click to pledge a few minutes of your time to talk to someone you know about healthy relationships and the resources available at the hotline.


Post these as your Facebook status

I see domestic violence as a fixable problem. This October, spread the word that healthy relationships rock! #SeeDV

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join me in supporting The National Domestic Violence Hotline and sharing how you see domestic violence in your own community. #SeeDV

There is only one way to end domestic violence — together. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, raise awareness of abuse, one story, one statement, one survivor at a time. #SeeDV

Share these tweets with your online community

Domestic violence (DV) affects us ALL, no matter if we experienced abuse personally or not. This month, talk it. Spark change. #SeeDV

I see domestic violence as the reason to speak out against unhealthy relationship behaviors. #SeeDV

What does domestic violence look like in your community? To spark change, we have to first see the problem for ourselves. This Oct. #SeeDV

Everyone deserves a safe & respectful relationship. Work to end domestic violence this Oct. by sharing your perspective on the issue. #SeeDV

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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We have to remove the stigma around domestic violence. Many statistics show that 1 in 4 women will be abused in their lifetime. Despite this high number, abuse is still a taboo subject.

The hotline has teamed up with HopeLine from Verizon to support victims of domestic violence

We’re doing more to end domestic violence by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turning them into lifelines for victims through HopeLine from Verizon. Learn more about the HopeLine phone drive that supports hotline services or sign up to host phone collection in your community.


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We at the hotline care very deeply about the safety of anyone using our services. Please keep in mind that sharing personal stories could jeopardize your safety if you are currently in an abusive relationship, or have recently left an abusive partner. If you would like to discuss your unique situation and receive support, call 1-800-799-7233