If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. If you are struggling emotionally or having a hard time, please do not hesitate to call emergency services or a hotline. If you feel moved to call, please call. No concern is too small or invalid. You are important, you matter, you are supported, and you will get through whatever you are going through. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 or you can chat with them online here.
The Crisis Text Line is available to anyone who needs it. If you’re located in the US, text HOME to 741741; in Canada, text HOME to 585858; in the UK, text HOME to 85258.
Substance abuse can play a role in the cycle of interpersonal violence. In fact, “more than one in five male abusers admitted to using substances before the most recent and extreme acts of violence.” Survivors of interpersonal violence can also turn to alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism. We recommend Drug Rehab which has compiled educational information on the topic. Drug Rehab also has information available on alcohol addiction.
Sexual Violence Resources
You can access the National Sexual Assault Hotline Online Chat here.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4673), a safe, confidential service. The first six numbers of your phone number are used to route the call (and your full phone number is never stored). RAINN also supports and serves survivors of child sexual abuse and provides information on sexual harassment. RAINN also has partnered with local centers for victims to access care and local resources.
Individuals who have experienced sexual assault or rape and are looking for an online forum to share their story can access one here.
Individuals who identify as male can also experience sexual violence. 1 in 6 is an organization for male survivors of sexual violence. You can read survivor stories here. 1 in 6 also hosts online support group on a frequent basis which you can access here.
The Anti-Violence Project is a national coalition that works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities. AVP operates a 24-hour confidential hotline available at 212-714-1141.
End Rape on Campus (EROC) works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities, prevention through education, and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels. They are available at 424-777-3762 or you can contact them via their online form.
Intimate Partner Violence Resources
The National Domestic Violence Hotline answers the call to support and shift power back to people affected by all types of relationship abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.), regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The Hotline offers assistance to the Deaf community. The Hotline is available 24-hours a day at 1-800−799−7233 (here’s what to expect if you call). In addition, the Hotline can assist with safety planning. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. Safety planning involves how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse, take legal action, and more.
FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization. It has served as the only transgender-focused organization federally funded to provide training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. The Sexual Violence Support/Healing List empowers and supports LGBTQIA primary and secondary survivors of sexual violence. The list is a place where survivors and secondary victims (partners, family members, etc.) can come together to share their stories, experiences, and resources with others who are interested in healing and recovering from sexual violence.
StrongHearts specializes in helping Native American women affected by domestic and dating violence. Their hotline, 1−844-762-8483 or 1-844-7NATIVE, answers calls from 9am to 5:30pm CST. Calls outside of that time will be connected to the National Domestic Hotline.
The National Center on Sexual and Domestic Violence has produced and distributed a personalized safety plan, which you can access here.
Human Trafficking Resources
Polaris Project systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. They put victims at the center of what they do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at 1 (888) 373-7888.
The BeFree Textline offers confidential crisis assistance and support, referrals, tip reporting, and general information about human trafficking through SMS messages 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Texts are answered by specially trained advocates who are there to listen and discuss options with survivors. It is up to the survivor how much information they wish to provide and what next steps they want to take. You are in control of the conversation. To access the Textline, text HELP to 233733 (BeFree).
The online National Human Trafficking Referral Directory is designed to provide access to critical emergency, transitional, and long-term social services for victims and survivors of human trafficking. The directory also connects individuals with training and technical assistance and opportunities to get involved in their communities.
The Stalking Resource Center is committed to its national effort to promote awareness, action, and advocacy to enhance victim safety and hold stalking offenders accountable. If you or someone you know are being stalked, you can access information on safety planning here. You can access a Stalking Log Template here. The Stalking Resource Center has compiled a list of national, state, tribal, and online resources, available here.
Sexual Harassment Resources
Launched after the success of COO Sheryl Sandberg’s bestselling book, the Lean In Foundation addresses the concerns of women in the workplace. LeanIn.org provides discussion guides about sexual harassment to help anyone who would like to talk about the issue with friends or colleagues but isn’t sure where to start or what to say.
The National Women’s Law Center has compiled a detailed FAQ about sexual harassment in the workplace. It answers questions such as “what if the harassment is not sexual in nature, but is still directed at me because I am a woman” and “what should I do if I believe that I am being sexually harassed at work.” Check it out to learn more about what constitutes sexual harassment and what your employer is legally obligated to do upon learning of such harassment.
Time’s Up Now is an organization that insists on safe, fair, and dignified work for all women. They want women from the factory floor to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to feel linked as sisters as they shift the paradigm of workplace culture. Time’s Up Now has partnered with the National Women’s Law Center to help connect women in need of legal services with attorneys. If you believe the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund could help you, fill out the form here. Time’s Up has compiled a list of additional resources that may be helpful to survivors. The list can be accessed here.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has compiled a Sex Discrimination Fact Sheet. They also have FAQ regarding The Application of Title VII and the ADA to Applicants or Employees Who Experience Domestic or Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking.
Child Abuse Resources
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. It is available 24/7 and can provide assistance, through interpreters, in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. The Hotline is confidential and can be reached at 1-800-422-4453.
Darkness to Light is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child sexual abuse. You can call their hotline at 866.FOR.LIGHT or text ‘LIGHT’ to 741741. They are available 24/7 and confidential. To access a list of resources by state, click here.
Note: These are resources that we have come across that may prove helpful to you. It is up to you to determine if they offer services you need and whether or not they are appropriate for your situation. Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of services. If there are other resources that you would like to share with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.