The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a social services nonprofit organization that has helped thousands of people suffering from domestic abuse. It offers unique services 24/7. Furthermore, this hotline consists of the well-trained professionals and has access to shelters and service providers all over America.
Some of the amazing services that this hotline offers include but are not limited to:
- Advice for People Suffering From Domestic Violence.
- Americans for Responsible Solutions and National Domestic Violence Hotline State Toolkit.
- Places to Go When You’re A Victim That Has Nowhere to Go.
- Vouchers for People in Emergency Situations.
- 24/7 Help.
- Special Apps to End Abuse.
Advice for People Suffering From Domestic Violence
The National Domestic Violence hotline gives advice to people crossing the fine line between life and death. They can tell people how to calm their abuser down and prevent him/her from causing permanent damage. The National Domestic Violence hotline also teaches people how to become assertive and stand-up for themselves against abusive partners or parents.
The hotline experts counsel people from a psychological perspective. They help abused individuals turn tables on their tormentors from being enslaved to becoming independent and free.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline developed a toolkit in collaboration with Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS) organization. This toolkit helps abused intimate partners and other family members to get out of whatever situation they are trapped in. The toolkit is provided with legal information, statutory protection laws, a complete index of the statewide background check system and many more valuable resources.
The toolkit is available online in pdf format. It is free to download or read online with contact information provided under every organization and state-specific victim advocates.
Places to Go When There Is Nowhere To Go
Through local resource centers and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, victims of domestic abuse would find local shelters and houses for battered women. This helps in case of the abuse victim having nowhere to go or as a transitional stage before they travel to their families.
Most people in a domestic violence situation are afraid to end the relationship because they have nowhere to go. They probably need the income from the abuser, too. Some people are forced to stay in a violent relationship because they are completely reliant financially on the abuser.
The hotline experts have to remind the abused that they do not need to stay in a destructive relationship to survive. They teach women self-confidence and tell abuse victims that they’re better off without their tormentors. They also give them hope on how to turn their lives around by working and fending for themselves.
— Dr. Christian Conte (@Dr_Conte) March 9, 2015
Vouchers for People In Emergency Situations
People who suffered domestic abuse need external assistance in order to survive and recover. The National Domestic Violence Hotline and its affiliates can provide them with vouchers in case of emergency situations. If a victim kicked the abuser -who was also the breadwinner- out of their house, they may be entitled to vouchers for the rent and for food. This assures the victim that the abuser will not come back, and they no longer need the abuser in their life.
Cash transfers are not advisable as a form of help for victims of domestic abuse. The victim might relent and allow the abuser to take the money from them and thus get back into their lives.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. An individual can call the hotline and get a professional counseling and support at any time of the day. The hotline professionals are also trained in dealing with people suffering from depression, major personality disorders and people thinking of suicide.
The hotline number is very easy to remember and access via phone or online via Skype. They also provide free live chat services from 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM (CST) everyday.
Special Apps to End Abuse
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides a variety of phone apps that spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. Apps Against Abuse is a national project that was launched in 2011 to empower victims and change the way the whole world sees abuse. Most of the apps employ GPS trackers to contact your friends and tell them where you are, ensure privacy and prevent sexual harassment on dating websites, provide online platforms for sharing stories of catcalling, sexual assault and sending images and videos of the incidents.