11 US Organizations to Turn to if You're Suffering Domestic Violence ...


I fervently hope that you never need to look for domestic violence organizations, but I also know some horrifying statistics so, I’m aware that there’s a very real possibility that you might find yourself in need of help or be in a position to help a friend or relative. Before we go on, let’s look at some of the aforementioned stats.

- Practically 1 in 4 US women report experiencing violence by a spouse, former spouse or boyfriend
- 3 women are killed every day through domestic violence
- +40% of female murder victims are killed by husbands or boyfriends
- Partner violence results in 2 million+ injuries every year
- The group at greatest risk is women aged 20-24
- +80% of domestic violence victims are women / 75% of those committing domestic violence are male

Now you know the shocking facts, if you or a friend or relative needs help, here are some domestic violence organizations to turn to:

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National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233)

This domestic violence organization is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They connect callers with shelters and advocates in your area, and provide information about getting you to safety. There are no fees, and you don’t have to give your name. A chat option is available, but is only available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. central standard time. (thehotline.org)


LoveIsRespect (1-866-331-9474)

Another domestic violence helpline that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Chat and text contact is also available. They provide resources to help victims stay safe, build a support system, and access legal protection. Geared mostly toward teens, the website has tools to help define unhealthy relationships. (loveisrespect.org)


Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800-656-HOPE)

The RAINN organization deals with sexual violence like rape, abuse and incest. It is the largest organization of its type in the U.S. It created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (same number as above) and the Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline (877-995-5247). Besides the immediate help they offer victims, they also operate programs to prevent sexual violence and bring rapists to justice. (rainn.org)


ALIANZA (National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence) (505-753-3334)

Alianza is a network of organizations that focus on the specific needs of Latino or Latina families experiencing domestic violence. While the organization offers referrals to those experiencing violence, its main focus is to train domestic violence organizations by providing them with culturally and linguistically relevant information on providing assistance to the Latino community.



This domestic violence organization does not provide immediate help, but they have a legal hotline that allows you to ask legal questions that they promise to answer within 5 business days.


Safe Horizons (Domestic Violence: 800-621-HOPE, Rape and Sexual Assault: 212-227-3000)

Not only a domestic violence organization, but Safe Horizons also offers support for any kind of violence, including rape. Their hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Counselors are available in almost every language, and they provide safety planning, referrals, and help finding a shelter if necessary. They also provide advocacy with law enforcement.


Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (866-USWOMEN)

Provides both phone and email support. Email is only available during certain times. The phone number can be reached toll free from 175 countries and serves both civilian and military populations. They provide advocacy, safety planning, case management, assistance with relocation, emergency funds for housing, childcare, and legal fees. In addition, they offer legal consultations and help obtaining emergency needs such as American passports.


Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women (888-7HELPLINE)

This organization offers a 24-hour helpline for victims of domestic violence. They offer referrals to community resources, directories for male-friendly resources, help filing protection from abuse orders where available, and referrals to counseling and to emergency shelter. (dahmw.org)


The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women (800-903-0111 X 3)

This domestic violence organization is an advocacy center for battered women that have been charged with crimes associated with their battering. They work with women who have been arrested and are facing trial, as well as incarcerated women. While they don’t provide direct representation, they provide information to the woman’s defense team at any stage of the legal process. (ncdbw.org)


International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies

This website offers an international list of abuse hotlines, shelters, crisis centers, women’s organizations, and domestic violence information in over 110 languages. (hotpeachpages.net)


Abuse Victim Hotline (help@avhotline.org)

This organization provides initial comfort for the victim then guides them toward services specific to their individual needs. The hotline is only available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. (avhotline.org)

These domestic violence organizations work on the front line. They’re there for you or any woman in need. They know what to do and offer you the way out and solutions that work.

Have you ever found yourself in need of having to call a domestic violence helpline?

*Statistics courtesy of greatist.com

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Yes, but I have to be honest. These agencies only give vague information, nothing specific enough to actual help your particular situation. Most of the time they transfer you to another department or give you a phone number if some other agency to call instead.

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