If you are afraid of being caught calling one of the domestic violence hotlines, there are safe ways to do so.
Domestic violence situations can be scary. Victims shouldn't have to feel like they are alone in any situation. Domestic violence hotlines, including the national domestic violence hotline, are always available to assist you and there are plenty of other agencies and organizations who are willing to help you too.
You should never have to worry about anybody telling someone that you called a hot-line. Everything always will remain confidential. Just remember, that there are plenty of others willing to help you, and with safe planning, there can be a way out.
If you are in need of help for domestic abuse, please call the National Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
If you prefer, you may call your local state's domestic violence hotline. A complete listing with website links is available at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
Most communities that have a significant population of people have at least one local domestic violence shelter. These shelters also have 24/7 hotlines that are operated by local staff and trained volunteers. If you are not currently in an emergency situation but need help, please call your local shelter and request their advice and help. They can help you to organize and prepare yourself to leave your abusive partnership, and they will formulate a safety plan to ensure your well-being.
In a domestic violence emergency, call 911. Law enforcement officials and 911 operators are trained experts in handling domestic violence calls and will send immediate help.