Abuse hotlines link you to local resources that can help you leave and abusive relationship or stay where you are but understand the abuse better. The abuse hotline volunteers can give general counseling and are knowledgeable about abuse so you feel better after talking to them.
Here are a few of the national abuse hotlines available to you:
Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women
DAHMW’s phone number is 888-743-5754. Researchers at Clark University and Bridgewater State University are conducting a study on men who experienced aggression from their girlfriends, wives, or female partners. If you are a man between the ages of 18-59 and have experienced aggression from a female partner at some point during your life, you may be eligible to participate in this study. Click here for more information
Love Is Respect Teen Abuse Hotline
Love is Respect: Call 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453 if you think your boyfriend or girlfriend abuses you or if they act in ways that concern you or your parents. The abuse hotline’s website also has a chat feature if you cannot or don’t want to call.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: If you feel frightened or uneasy about something in your relationship, call the hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. He doesn’t need to physically abuse you to qualify for this service. Anyone experiencing emotional, psychological, sexual and/or verbal abuse can call the abuse hotline anytime.
Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Abuse hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to offer crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services.
Volunteers will tell you where you can find help and resources in your local area.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: Sexual abuse often intertwines with verbal and domestic abuse. Verbal abusers artfully manipulate their victim into having sex when she’d rather not. If you cry after sex and it isn’t from afterglow, call 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) or use the chat service available at National Sexual Assault Online Hotline.
I called the rainn.org abuse hotline above when my husband told me (again) that all of our marital problems sprung from the rape I endured at 14. For once, instead of internalizing his point, I thought, “Nonsense.” I felt that he was trying to shirk all responsibility onto me.
In the past, this suggestion has worked for him – I’ve spent more time questioning myself than I like to admit. But this time, I called the abuse hotline and talked about it with a knowledgeable person. Best call I ever made!