Take Part in #GingerbreadForGood This Holiday Season

Take Part in #GingerbreadForGood This Holiday Season


At the National Domestic Violence Hotline, $20 goes a long way. And, now it will go even further thanks to the generosity of the Avon Foundation for Women. As part of our #GivingTuesday efforts, The Hotline has teamed with the Avon Foundation to raise $1 million this holiday season. Learn how in the Q&A below:

What is #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global movement where people around the world donate money to their favorite during the holiday shopping season. This year, #GivingTuesday takes place on Dec. 2 and The Hotline is participating through its #GingerbreadForGood campaign.

How does #GingerbreadForGood work?
We are getting into the holiday spirit by building a (much smaller) replica of The Hotline out of gingerbread, of course! Our winter wonderland wouldn’t be complete without a community of “gingerbread” people to help end domestic violence. So, for each person who donates on #GivingTuesday, we’ll add a hand-decorated “gingerbread” person to our growing community of supporters.

How does my donation help?
Every gift to The Hotline helps increase our ability to serve domestic violence victims and survivors. A gift of $20 – or more – means one more call or chat answered and one step closer to safety for someone experiencing abuse.

How is the Avon Foundation helping?
The Avon Foundation will match every donation The Hotline receives on #GivingTuesday and as part of #GingerbreadForGood up to $500,000 – doubling each gift we receive! As a result of Avon’s gift, The Hotline will be able to support even more victims and survivors by providing additional funding to state and local hotlines across the country.

For more updates on #GivingTuesday and #GingerbreadForGood, connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

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  1. I’m in an abusive relationship. After I had given birth to our son he [attacked] me in a middle of an arguement, exactly 28 days later after he was born that event happened. Since then I “worked it out”. Of course more abuse happened. I broke my lease moved him out. We took a year and a half away from each other to focus on ourselves and grow up. We reconnected I then moved in with him on 2011. Since then he has called me names and so on. This past July he dragged me across the house. Our 5 year old son heard. I was able to leave our house. I stayed in a hotel. I called the cops. I attempted to file a report. I was scared so after speaking with the cop I dropped the charges. I have no friends or family…other than a brother. I am scared. I am intimidated. I don’t know what to do. I went back to him. Then not even a month later he proposed to me. He seemed sincere and that he loved me. Yet, I feel he proposed to me out of fear.

    1. Danielle, he has all the classic signs of an abuser. Please consider contacting the Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) using a friend’s or relative’s phone or use the hotline’s chat option (see top of page). In that he has choked you, there are studies that indicate people who choke their partners/spouses are most likely to go on to seriously harm or kill their partners/spouses. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. It is not your fault, you do not deserve that type of treatment–you are deserving of a better life. There are kind and caring people out there and the Hotline have them and they can also advise you and help you through this difficult time.

  2. Now on Thanksgiving. He pushed me bullied me. I was bleeding. I feel so alone and left to be a punching bag I don’t feel loved. I am scared for my son and my health. My head is pounding My body is in pain. He and our son are his mom’s house for Thankgiving..while I’m in bed hurting and feel lost. Please give me some guidance. I have a child with this man. He just got laid off of work. I am not working. What do I do? I don’t want my child taken away. My head is pounding my neck hurts. I can barley think clearly. I took pictures. I don’t know where to go from here or don’t know what to say to him.

    1. As a follow-up to your first post and this second one, he has all the classic signs of an abuser. Please consider contacting the Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) using a friend’s or relative’s phone or use the hotline’s chat option (see top of page). In that he has choked you, there are studies that indicate people who choke their partners/spouses are most likely to go on to seriously harm or kill their partners/spouses. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. It is not your fault, you do not deserve that type of treatment–you are deserving of a better life. There are kind and caring people out there and the Hotline has them and they can also advise you and help you through this difficult time.

    2. Hello Danielle,

      We’re so glad that you’re part of our online community and know that this blog exists as a place of safety and support. It sounds like you’ve been in a terrifying situation for a very long time, and feel very alone. You don’t deserve to be treated this way. We understand how confusing it is when someone you care about, someone who says they care about you, hurts you in such dangerous ways. I’m sure this isn’t the relationship you’ve ever wanted or expected to have, and it makes sense that you’re feeling lost and confused. It can be so hard and scary when the future you expected is taken away by your partner’s choices to be violent and abusive. You and your son have the right to be safe, and no one should ever take that away from you.

      You also have every right to decide where you go from here, what you say to him, and what you do. If you need a safe place to talk about all of this, please know that you can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233, and every conversation is confidential and anonymous. You can talk to any of our advocates about what you want to do, what resources are available, and ways to be safe. You and your son deserve to be safe.

      We’re here when you need us.

      Hotline Advocate AS

      Some graphic details were removed to maintain the safety of this blog for all members, as per our community guidelines, available here.

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