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Violence help hotlines

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Call the hotlines below for help if you have been hurt by someone you know or have been attacked by a stranger. You will not have to pay for the call, and you can ask to have your information kept confidential. Even though these calls are free, they may appear on your phone bill. If you think an abuser may check your phone bill, try to call from a friend's phone or a public phone.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TDD).
  • Staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • More than 170 languages are available.
  • You will hear a recording and may have to wait for a short time.
  • Hotline staff offer safety planning and crisis help. They can connect you to shelters and services in your area.
  • Staff can send out written information on topics such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and the legal system.
  • You can get help through email on the hotline's contact page.

The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

  • Call 866-331-9474 or 866-331-8453 (TDD).
  • Staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You will hear a recording and may have to wait for a short time.
  • You can get help through a live online chat from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Learn more about the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline live chat.
  • You can ask questions through email at the helpline's contact page.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • Call 800-656-4673.
  • Staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You will hear a recording that asks whether you prefer English or Spanish and if you want to talk to a hotline staff member.
  • You can get live online help through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Content last updated: July 16, 2012.

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