The holidays are a time for togetherness. Meeting up with old friends, spending time with family – traditions that many of us enjoy and might even take for granted. But for survivors of domestic violence, the holiday season can mean increased tension over finances, being isolated from family members or worrying about finding a safe place to stay.
At The Hotline, we believe that everyone deserves peace and safety during the holidays and all year-round. Over the past year, thanks to our partners and supporters we’ve been able to get closer to our goal of responding to each and every person who reaches out to us for help. But nearly 25 percent of calls, chats and text messages to The Hotline still go unanswered due to lack of resources.
“There are no words to thank you for helping me…I just can’t live like this and you made it possible to take my first step.” – Hotline caller
“You don’t know how much it means to be able to call and talk to somebody about this.” – Hotline caller
People experiencing abuse rely on our advocates to be here 24/7/365 providing support, compassion and resources to help them find safety. In turn, we rely on our community of supporters to help ensure that when a survivor is ready to speak, someone is here to listen.
“I have felt lost and scared. Thank you for listening and responding with ideas and help for me.” – Hotline chatter
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to philanthropy, and we’re kicking off our holiday Giving Campaign. The funds we raise today and during the month of December help us increase our capacity to serve victims, survivors and their families. We are so honored to do this work, and we hope that you will consider making a gift to support The Hotline this holiday season.
“The resources I can find on Google. What I can’t find is a healthy person to talk to. That has been the most help. Just be talked to in a healthy way…I feel so much clarity after talking here.” – Hotline chatter
Please support The Hotline by making a gift today.
And, check back here throughout the month for empowering stories from survivors and advocates at The Hotline!