Hotlines are usually free, anonymous, and available to provide support and resources at any time of day or night. Many use phones, but some are also available as online chats, too. Not sure if it’s the right hotline to call? Call anyway! Their advocates may be able to steer you in the right direction.

Hotlines are also available to allies looking for resources and receiving their own emotional support around a loved one going through a traumatic time.

National Domestic Violence Hotlines (Phone)

Note: if you’re using the phone in an emergency, make sure to call 911, 999, or your region’s equivalent emergency number.

If you don’t see a hotline listed for your country, that does not mean it doesn’t exist. Search online, or call a local shelter or agency to see if they have any recommendations.

Online Emotional Support Services

Whether you’re nervous about talking on the phone, don’t have access to a phone, or can’t find a talk line in your area, online support services are another resource.

7 Cups
A free and confidential text chat service that connects you with trained volunteers and licensed therapists for a wide variety of emotional support services, ranging from sexual abuse to depression to grief and beyond.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
While also a phone hotline and resource blog, the NDVH also has a free online chat function. You can find it at the top of their site just under their hotline number.

Lifeline Crisis Chat
A joint service from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a number of other crisis centers in the US that offers support for a variety of emotional challenges.

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