Hope Is On The Line

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“Thank you for giving me hope. This doesn’t have to be my life forever.”


WHAT IF HOME WASN’T SAFE?


The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us how much we look to home for safety and solace. For survivors of domestic violence, home has been the opposite. The first step on the journey away from violence is to find hope. At the National Domestic Violence Hotline, we provide compassion. We provide connection to critical resources. We provide validation and a path to greater safety. But first, we provide every person reaching out with hope.


We all know someone affected.

1 3 TEENS IN

experience physical violence in a dating relationship.1

1 4 WOMEN IN

experience severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. 2

1 7 MEN IN

experience severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime. 2

1. National Institute of Justice 2. NISVS 2010 Summary Report


Domestic violence is a public health crisis. Abuse is more than physical. It can also be emotional, sexual, digital and financial. Every year hundreds of thousands of survivors reach out to us for help. Calls have increased by 46% since 2015.


Hope is on the line. When COVID-19 is no longer an immediate threat, many of us will find reprieve as life returns to normal. But survivors will continue to experience longterm and far-reaching effects on their health, safety, and financial security. In 25 years, we’ve answered more than 5.6 million calls, chats, and texts. With your help, we can make sure that survivors can always reach a live advocate who believes them, understands what they’re going through, and knows how to help.


ABUSE IS NEVER OKAY.


We’re in this together. In the last year, we’ve all learned what it feels like to be cut off from the people and places we love. And how powerful community is. Every story shared by a survivor is an act of courage. As more survivors speak out about their experiences, we can see that domestic violence is not a private matter—it is a public health crisis. It’s more important than ever for survivors to know they are not alone.


TOGETHER, WE CAN END THIS CRISIS.

WE’RE RAISING CRITICAL FUNDS TO: • Serve more survivors by increasing capacity to answer more calls, chats and texts.

• Expand our prevention platform, love is respect. • Invest in technology to put more tools and resources in the hands of survivors who do not feel safe enough to reach out directly. We’re bringing together donors from across the country to stand with survivors, change the conversation about domestic violence, and fuel this transformative work.


OUR HOLISTIC APPROACH CRISIS INTERVENTION • 24/7/365 support via call, text and chat for victims and survivors of domestic violence, and their friends and family in the United States and its territories.

• Connection to the country’s largest database of local and regional services for shelter, counseling, legal assistance and other support. • Highly trained advocate staff provide trauma- informed crisis intervention, personalized safety planning, and domestic violence education. • Services are free, confidential and available in 200 languages.


VIOLENCE PREVENTION • Educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships through our love is respect program. • Give parents and educators tools to support young people in developing healthy relationships.

INFLUENCE PUBLIC POLICY TO SERVE SURVIVOR NEEDS • Advocate for strong survivor-centered, trauma-informed legislation and policy. • Leverage our extensive real-time data — from speaking with hundreds of thousands of survivors each year — with decision-makers and service providers across the field.


YOUR GIFT WILL GIVE SURVIVORS: • • • •

Compassionate support. A real path to safety. Hope for a life without violence. Direct connections to shelter, legal aid and other vital resources. • True understanding and validation.


Give a gift today to join a community of donors across the country who are keeping hope on the line. Your investment will extend far beyond a phone call, chat or text. It becomes the drive to a shelter or friend’s house. The first time a survivor is able to share their truth with family and friends. The peace when they’re free from violence and in control of their own lives.

And you put it there.


“This Hotline saved my life.”

First established in 1996 by the Violence Against Women Act, and with funding from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is the only 24/7/365 national organization that directly serves victims of domestic violence, their friends and family via phone, chat and text.

For more information about the Hope Is On The Line Campaign, contact campaign@thehotline.org or 737-225-3190