Programs/Resources for Victims
National Domestic Violence Hotline for the United States and Canada: 1-800-799-Safe
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available to women 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a victim calls this number, he or she will be referred to the closest help agency/hotline in the caller’s immediate area.
Rain (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Hotline): 1-800-656-4673
Rain is available for victims of sexual assault and abuse. When a victim calls this number, he or she will be connected to the nearest sexual assault agency/hotline in the caller’s immediate area.
There are secret shelters available throughout North America which offer refuge for women and children who have been victimized by domestic violence. Going to a shelter can save your life. You can learn more about the shelters in your area by contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 Safe, or by contacting a social worker or law official in your area.
Your local library is a great place to find literature on domestic violence. Notable books include The Battered Woman by Lenore E. Walker, Everything You Need to Know About Family Violence by Evan Stark and Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft.
There is much to be found via the Internet on domestic violence. If your internet activity is being monitored by an abuser, you should know that you can use a computer at your local library, free of charge.
Besides educational and informative reading on the subject of domestic violence, you can also find information and locate places to go for help in your area by doing a simple search on the Internet.
Particular sites of interest include hiddenhurt.co.uk.
Hidden Hurt lists links to help lines for abused women who live in the United Kingdom, as well as giving much educational information about domestic violence.
Friends and Family
Sometimes the first step in seeking help is confiding in a trusted friend or family member that you are a victim of domestic violence. Knowing that someone is there to support you when you decide to leave your abuser can give you the courage you need to start your new life.
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