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.
We hear from many people who are in abusive relationships, and even those who have left relationships, but say that they love their abusive partner.
Healing the emotional effects of abuse can be challenging. One option for survivors is working with a support or service animal.
Terms like narcissistic, antisocial/sociopath or borderline personality are often used as explanations for abusive behaviors, but this can be problematic for a few reasons.
If you are having trouble finding a safe way to communicate with others for support, we have some options to consider.
When a person depends on their partner for any form of caretaking, there may be additional risk for abuse because of a power imbalance.
In June 2016, The Hotline answered its 4 millionth contact.
Since 1996, 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.
Abuse can take many different forms. Get the facts here.
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