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.
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. Efforts focused on prevention, intervention, treatment and community outreach. Website offers a “Find a Local Affiliate” locator that offers information on programs. You can reach Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 422-4453.
- 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 or at (800) 394-3366.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is a 24/7 confidential resource hotline that provides emotional support, support groups, local resources, safety plans, etc. for those who are in a domestic violence situation or their loved one, and a Help for Abusive Partners section; online chat also available. You can contact NDVH at (800) 766-7233.
- RAINN is a national hotline for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. Provides connection to local sexual assault programs, safety planning and self-care; online chat also available. Note: Service provided only to adults. You can contact RAINN at (800) 656-4673 or chat with someone here.
- Center for Safety & Change Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7 confidential hotline for victims of domestic violence that answers questions, provides information and referrals, and arrange for advocacy, counseling and services. CSC develops strategies to end gender-based violence and provides shelter and supportive services that empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and other crimes. You can reach CSC at (845) 634-3344.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center maintains a directory of organizations that lists state and territory sexual assault coalitions, victim/survivor support organizations and local communities of color sexual assault organizations.
- Victim Connect offers confidential referrals for crime victims to learn about their rights and obtain resources related to case management, mental health, housing needs, compensation, legal services, advocacy and reporting. Phone and online chat lines accept calls from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. You can reach Victim Connect at (855) 484-2846.
- 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.
- 1in6 offers support for men and boys experiencing sexual abuse or assault. They offer information, resources, 24/7 chat, online support groups, trauma-informed trainings and webinars.
- After Silence is an online forum (online support groups, message board, chat room) for rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors.
- Center for Relationship and Abuse Awareness provides information and resources about relationship abuse, how to get a restraining order & developing a safety plan.
- Love is Respect provides information on maintaining healthy intimate relationships, "dating basics", as well as how to end unhealthy relationships. They also offer a section on how to help a friend/family member/roommate/coworker in need of intervention. In addition, they offer specific information regarding Deaf and Native American Communities. You can reach Love is Respect at (866) 331-9474 and by texting LOVEIS to 22522.
- The Network La Red is a LGBTQ community-based organization led by survivors to end partner abuse. Website provides support groups, individual support, training, publications and a 24-hour hotline. Housing resources are only available in Massachusetts. You can reach The Network LA Red at (800) 832-1901 and 617-742-4911.
- Women’s Law provides an email hotline service for basic legal information, referrals, questions, concerns and emotional support for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Services are available for men as well. You can reach Women's Law at (800) 799-7233.
- Psychology Today Domestic Violence Support Group Locator is a support group locator service for survivors of domestic violence. They offer both in-person and online support group options.
- National Adult Protective Services Association is a social services program for the elderly and adults living with disabilities that investigate cases of abuse/neglect/exploitation. Reports of abuse can be made at a local level using local services online locator: www.napsa-now.org/get-help/help-in-your-area/
- Victims of Long-term Care Resources has a Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program that advocates for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, board and care homes and similar adult care homes. LTCOPs provide information about how to find a facility and how to get quality care and are trained to resolve problems. Their website offers a “How to find a (LTCOP)” in their community at: https://theconsumervoice.org/get_help
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative offers information and resources for victims of non-consensual pornography (NCP), revenge-porn and other forms of online abuse. Furthermore, CCRI provides a roster of attorneys who may be able to offer low-or pro-bono legal assistance, laws related to NCP. They operate the CCRI Crisis Helpline 844-878-2274 for victims of NCP.