The Issue: Domestic Violence in America
Domestic violence, which the National Domestic Violence Hotline defines as a pattern of behavior used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner, can include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The fear, intimidation, terror, and manipulation associated with domestic violence can affect people from any age, gender, and socioeconomic level. According to a 2005 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, intimate-partner violence results in an estimated 1,200 deaths and two million injuries among women, as well as nearly 600,000 injuries among men, each year.
The Campaign: Supporting a Hotline for People Seeking Help
If 50 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) can support 33 hotline callers. Trained hotline advocates provide assistance for women, men, children, and families affected by domestic violence by helping callers see options, develop safety plans, and take the steps away from abusive relationships. Each additional $500 raised will be used to fund 33 more hotline calls.
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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.