Every day in communities around the nation, women, men, children, and families are forced to endure the physical and mental devastation of domestic violence. Nationally, one in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives, and as much as 74% of the population personally knows someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Although victims may seek to escape those who persecute them, many are not aware or do not believe help exists. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1996 to provide phone-based support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, helping callers anonymously free themselves from domestic abuse through counseling, planning, and informational assistance.
Currently the only national service of its kind, the National Domestic Violence Hotline helps more than 23,500 callers each month, providing crisis intervention, information, and referral services to victims, friends, families, and perpetrators. Trained advocates, many of whom were once victims themselves, work to assist callers in more than 170 languages, including English, Spanish, and through the use of interpreters and TTY services. Each call is confidential, toll-free, and anonymous, and the organization maintains access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs to help callers receive the help and protection they need. Though the National Domestic Violence Hotline receives funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, the organization also depends on volunteers and outside donations as it struggles to meet the demand placed on it by those in crisis across the country.
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National Domestic Violence Hotline
Established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides crisis intervention, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence, as well as perpetrators, friends, and family members. Advocates working the 24-hour support hotline receive approximately 23,500 phone calls each month, and the hotline is the only one in the country with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic-violence programs across the United States. Not only do the trained advocates—many of whom are survivors of domestic violence—provide compassionate support for callers in crisis or their friends and family members seeking information on domestic violence, they also assess the urgency of each situation and help callers develop safety plans and take the next steps to safety. Whenever necessary, they also connect callers directly to resources and services in their areas. In addition to being toll-free and anonymous, the hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) also operates in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services and has a TTY line (1-800-787-3224) available for people who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing.