A new PSA from the awareness campaign NO MORE will air on Super Bowl Sunday. Titled “Text Talk,” the PSA illuminates some of the subtle signs of domestic violence using a simple text conversation. Viewers are asked to text “NO MORE” to 94543 for resources and information on how to help someone who may be in an abusive relationship. Watch the PSA below.
Domestic violence isn’t always as visible as physical injuries. Abuse can also be verbal, emotional, financial, sexual or digital. Signs to watch for include:
- A partner who determines when/where their partner goes out or isolates them from friends and family
- A partner who has complete control over finances and/or doesn’t allow their partner to work or go to school
- A partner who exhibits extremely jealous or possessive behavior
- A partner who constantly insults or dismisses their partner’s thoughts and feelings
The Hotline receives thousands of calls every day, many from concerned friends and family members who want to know how to help a loved one. It can be so difficult to watch someone you care about live with abuse, and it’s important to know how best to support them. Actions we often recommend include:
- Letting them know that the abuse is not their fault, and they are not alone
- Listening and being non-judgmental
- Helping them develop a safety plan
- Acknowledging that they are the expert of their situation and supporting them in their decisions, whether they stay in the relationship or leave
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, The Hotline is here to help. Call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-787-3224 TTY for Deaf/Hard of Hearing) or chat live via our website from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. CST.