Where To Look For Online Domestic Violence Resources

Medically reviewed by Jerry Crimmins
Updated February 29, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team
Content Warning: Please be advised, the below article might mention trauma-related topics that include abuse which could be triggering to the reader. If you or someone you love is experiencing abuse, contact the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Support is available 24/7. Please also see our Get Help Now page for more immediate resources.

If you or someone you care about is living with domestic violence, it can seem like there is nowhere to turn. This can leave survivors of domestic violence feeling trapped or helpless.

While domestic violence is illegal in the United States, it is difficult for the average person to navigate the legal system or even know where to begin or who to talk to, making it even more difficult for survivors of domestic violence to find a way out of the dangerous situation.

Fortunately, there are resources for survivors of domestic violence. These resources are often made available by non-profit organizations or government agencies who offer emotional or material support, education, and legal help to domestic violence survivors.

This article will list some of these agencies and organizations that offer resources for those living with domestic violence as well as how to contact them and some of the resources that they offer.

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Where to find resources

National statistics show that approximately one in three women and one in four men have experienced domestic physical violence of some form from an intimate partner. However, children and people in other family roles can also experience domestic violence. Many of the resources listed in this article are offered by organizations and agencies that deal specifically with helping women. This is common among organizations that offer shelter to survivors, and among older organizations that were formed when society was less aware of male survivors of domestic violence and when violence against children was more socially accepted. Some of the organizations or agencies listed also cater specifically to children.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline was developed in the mid-1990s using grant money and official authorization from then-President Bill Clinton. At the time, the hotline was just that – a hotline, which users had to call. Resources continued to expand and beginning in 2013 users of the site got the option to chat online with representatives to get help, though you can still call the hotline at (800)799-7233.

The hotline offers many of its resources extending help for both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence who want to learn to navigate domestic relationships without violence. Help offered includes documents for understanding the potential causes of domestic violence, ways to find legal representation, and guides to understanding the laws regarding domestic violence in your area. There are also links to state coalitions against domestic violence and other more localized resources.

HelpGuide.Org

HelpGuide.org is not devoted entirely to the topic of domestic abuse but instead offers information and resources on dealing with a variety of mental and behavioral help issues. This website has a page dedicated to resources for survivors of domestic violence. The page includes resources on understanding and identifying domestic abuse, as well as suggestions on how to recognize signs of domestic violence in other people and how to get help for yourself or for someone you believe is living with domestic violence.

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The United States Department Of Justice

The United States Department of Justice keeps a page devoted to offering resources to survivors of domestic violence. Because the perpetrators of domestic violence often spread false information about the legal system and its relationship to domestic violence, this page is particularly valuable in that it offers accurate legal information curated by the Department of Justice.

The Department Of Health And Human Services

Another nationally funded organization offering resources to survivors of domestic violence is the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. Their organization offers crisis resources at (800)537-2238, but their website also offers resources for individuals who want to contribute to ending domestic violence by doing community outreach, getting politically involved, or donating and volunteering to organizations that support survivors of domestic violence. 

New Hope

New Hope is another organization that offers services for domestic violence survivors, and also offers resources for people interested in preventing domestic violence through education and outreach. Their website is a great place to find statistics on domestic violence, as well as information on how it impacts individuals, families, and the community. For more immediate assistance, you can also reach their hotline at (800)233-4673.

Women’s Advocates

Women’s Advocates is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and runs America's largest shelter program for survivors of domestic violence. The group started out as a phone-only hotline in 1972.

Their website offers information on identifying domestic violence and other issues, as well as organizations that survivors can contact to get help finding shelter and medical services in case of an emergency. The site also has a 24/7 crisis line that you can reach at (651)227-8284. The crisis line connects you with advocates who can offer emotional support, legal advice, and other services. You can also reach Women's Advocates by email at resources@wadvocates.org.

Kid Power

Kidpower.org is dedicated to providing young people with information on how they can stay safe in a variety of situations, as well as how they can recognize and report these situations to get help for the people involved. The site has a specific article on domestic violence that specifically addresses children, explaining the situation as it might impact them and educating children on how they may be able to recognize signs of domestic abuse in their peers and how to bring the issue up with an adult.

How to find help near you

The organizations and agencies listed in this article are national organizations and agencies who offer help and resources to anyone who reaches out to them. There are also many smaller and more localized organizations in communities across the country. It is these organizations that offer most of the material resources to survivors of domestic violence when it occurs, or who offer shelter to the survivors in their greatest hour of need. To find organizations like this near you, consider talking to police officers and religious leaders in your community, or looking for information at locations like city hall and area chambers of commerce.

Resources for perpetrators of domestic violence

While it is fortunate that there are so many agencies and organizations providing resources for survivors of domestic violence, it is unfortunate that there is a need to have so many organizations. This article has only introduced organizations and agencies that offer support to the direct survivors of domestic violence, though there are also resources available for people who are touched by domestic violence in other ways, such as the children of homes who have seen domestic violence.

Although the survivors of domestic violence need to receive love and support, it is important to remember that the perpetrators of domestic violence are also in need of help. There are organizations like the Ananias Foundation that are dedicated to providing resources to the perpetrators of domestic violence so that they can stop hurting those around them and begin to lead peaceful and constructive lives. Many of the resources listed above also offer resources to the perpetrators of domestic violence.

Finding a therapist or counselor

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If you are a survivor of domestic violence, your priority should be getting to a place where you will be physically safe. Once you have been removed from the dangerous situation, you may consider seeking professional help to recover from the emotional distress of the situation.

If you are in a situation that has not involved domestic violence, but you fear that it might, that is also the best time to talk to a therapist, before you find yourself in need of any of the resources mentioned above. For information on finding online therapists who can help you navigate your relationship or help you recover from domestic violence, visit BetterHelp.

BetterHelp has over 35,000 licensed, experienced therapists, counselors, and psychologists. A quick questionnaire pairs you with someone who is most likely to meet your needs, preferences, and availability. Additionally, sessions can be conducted wherever you feel most comfortable and have a reliable internet connection, which can be particularly useful for individuals in domestic violence situations who may have difficulty with being able to get to physical in-person appointments.

The National Center for Health Research conducted a meta-analysis of dozens of studies on the efficacy of online therapy. They found it to be overall just as effective as in-person therapy for addressing and treating a variety of mental health conditions and concerns, including depression, PTSD and trauma, anxiety, and more. 

Takeaway

Domestic violence can affect anyone. Whether you are a survivor, a witness, or a perpetrator of domestic violence, there are resources to help you heal and get your life and well-being back on track. Additionally, therapy, whether in-person or online, can be instrumental in the healing process.

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