If you are experiencing violence or abuse, please know that it is not your fault, that no one deserves violence, and that you are not alone. There are resources available that offer information and support, even if you want to remain anonymous or think you cannot afford it.
If you know or suspect that a family member, loved one, friend, or acquaintance is experiencing relationship abuse, sexual violence, or stalking, it can be challenging to know what to do. Do what you can to learn more about how best to support someone in these types of situations.
Below is a list of key national resources that offer information about different types of violence and support to those affected by violence. Please note that these resources are specific to the United States. If you’d like to suggest a resource to be added to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of violence, please contact 9-1-1.
Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence
If you or someone you know might be or has been affected by sexual violence or assault, you can reach out to RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline to get information, support, and local resources:
And also the National On-line Sexual Assault Hotline.
Dating Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, and Domestic Violence
If you or someone you know might be in an abusive or violent relationship, you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for information, support, and help finding local resources.
1-800-787-3324 (TTY for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
For young people who might be in an abusive or violent relationship, there is also the National Dating Abuse Helpline.
24/7, Anonymous Hotline #: 1-866-331-9474
OR Text: LoveIs to 22522
For native or indigenous people affected by an abusive or violent relationship and/or sexual violence you can reach out to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.
Violence Against LGBTQIA Community
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people affected by an abusive or violent relationship, sexual violence, or homophobic violence, you can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project.
For lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
If you are a transgender individual experiencing a crisis of any kind, Trans Lifeline provides crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and questions related to their identity:
US: (877) 565-8860
Canada: (877) 330-6366
For information on stalking and potential resources available, you can contact the Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center.
People living with mental health issues can be affected by gender-based violence, and potential effects of gender-based violence can include mental health issues as well. In either case there are resources available for information and support.
If you know someone who is struggling with mental health issues and suicidal ideation or behaviors, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
If you know someone facing any kind of crisis or who requires emotional support, you can also reach out to the Crisis Textline.
Text “START” to 741-741
If you are experiencing online harassment visit HeartMob by Hollaback! for real-time support.
For additional resources and supportive organizations visit HeartMob’s resources page.