If you are in a domestic violence situation and need help there are different ways to get it:
- Calling the police. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
- Calling hotlines. Learn more about different help hotlines. Hotlines provide support and resources. They also can help you create a safety plan for leaving an abuser. We have included a useful list of related hotlines in the resources section.
- Reaching out to people you trust. People who care want to help. You can start with family, friends, or community organizations.
- Talking to a health care professional. Doctors, nurses, and counselors can offer physical aid, emotional support, and resources. Go to a hospital emergency room if you need immediate help for injuries.
- Contacting a shelter or rape crisis center. Shelters provide food, housing, and other types of help. You can find shelters and services by contacting a hotline or through state resources. For more information go to the resources section of this website.
- Contacting an advocate. Advocates are people who are trained to help someone who has lived through domestic violence, dating violence, or sexual assault. You can talk to an advocate on the phone or in person, confidentially and for free. Advocates can explain options and programs in your community that may include legal support, counseling, emergency services, and other resources. Advocates work in shelters and in community-based programs. You can learn more by calling help hotlines.
- If abused persons have family pets they may be worried about leaving for fear that the abuser will hurt the animal(s). Most shelters do not take animals. Check any of the following resources for assistance:
– The Humane Society of the United States maintains a directory of the Safe Havens for Animals programs.
– Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) maintain a directory of shelters equipped to accept families of domestic violence, along with their pets.
– Red Rover Relief program offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. (For safety reasons, a caseworker or domestic violence shelter representative must submit applications)
In the Resources section you can find an extensive list of Domestic Abuse related Hotlines, Websites and Counseling options.