I believe I/my loved one is being abused. What can I do to get help?
Abuse can take many forms and occurs when a person is being mistreated, exploited or neglected. It’s important to recognize that abuse of another is, among many things, foremost about power and control. Forms of abuse may include physical, emotional/psychological, sexual and financial control and can happen to anyone. Abusers often have the ability to manipulate or isolate the person they are mistreating while survivors of abuse may not be believed by those they reach out to.
We are so very sorry to learn that you are a victim of abuse and are grateful that you’ve reached out to us for guidance. It is important to know that we believe you and that your safety is of utmost importance. If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, please call 911.
We have provided a number of resources below that can be of great assistance in helping you to determine the best path for you to begin healing.
- Adult Protective Services (APS) is a social services program that serves the elderly and adults with disabilities who are need of assistance. APS workers investigate cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation, working closely with a wide variety of allied professionals such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement officers. You can identify your local APS through their online locator.
- Child Protective Services (CPS) is a social services program that provides protection for children who are at risk of, or are experiencing, neglect, physical, and/or sexual or emotional abuse. The purpose is to strengthen families and promote safe homes for children. You can identify your local CPS through the online directory here.
- Victim Connect is a referral helpline where victims of a crime can learn about their rights and obtain resources. The Victim Connect Resource center can answer questions related to case management, mental health, housing needs, compensation, legal services, advocacy, and reporting. You can reach Victim Connect at (855) 484-2846 or chat with someone here.
- SafeHorizon is an organization that provides support and resources for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, human trafficking, youth homelessness, and other forms of abuse. You can contact SafeHorizon at (800) 621-4673 or by visiting their website.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is a 24/7 confidential hotline for anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Agents on the hotline are able to provide emotional support, local resources, help create safety plans, and address questions related to domestic violence. You can contact NDVH at (800) 766-7233 or chat with someone here.
- The Domestic Shelters is the largest online directory of domestic violence programs and shelters in the U.S. and Canada, and a leading source of helpful tools and information for people experiencing domestic violence.
- RAINN is the national hotline for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. Hotline operators can connect callers to a local sexual assault program; their website provides extensive information on safety planning, self-care, how to speak with your loved one after they have been assaulted and helping someone out. You can contact RAINN at (800) 656-4673 or chat with someone here.
- Pandora’s Project is a non-profit organization that provides support for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. The website offers a free peer-support discussion forum and chat groups for victims of sexual assault. Additionally, they provide national and international information about sexual assault crisis centers.
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) is a national non-profit agency that protects and supports survivors of human trafficking. The 24/7 hotline service is offered in multiple languages to connect callers with local resources conduct safety planning and to accept tips about potential trafficking situations. You can contact the hotline at (888) 373-7888, text 233733, or chat with someone here.