Editor's Note: Some abusers may track internet activity. If you think you are being monitored, domestic violence support organizations recommend using a safe computer at a public library, an internet cafe or a friend’s home, or some other device that your abuser does not have access to. You can also contact helplines over the phone at the numbers listed below.
NBC 5's "When Home Hurts" series will be highlighting safety resources available in our area.
More than one in three women and one in four men in the United States have been affected by intimate partner violence in their lifetime, according to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Here are some national and local hotlines, shelters and organizations that you can contact for help and support.
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The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers free, confidential, 24/7 support to people who are being abused or at risk of abuse. The Hotline can be reached at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 800-787-3224. Victims can also visit the Hotline’s website for information on how to recognize abuse, healthy relationships, resources and more.
For a list of domestic violence safety tips, visit National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s website.
Loveisrespect offers domestic violence support specifically aimed to “engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.” Free, confidential phone, chat and texting services are available to teens, young adults, parents, educators peers and survivors 24/7. You can reach Loveisrespect at loveisrespect.org, by texting loveis to 22522* or calling 866-331-9474.
Genesis Women's Shelter & Support
Hotline: 214-946-HELP (4357)
Salvation Army DFW Domestic Violence Program
The Family Place
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
One Safe Place, Tarrant Regional Family Justice Center
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
Battered Women's Foundation
Texas Muslim Women's Foundation
Hope's Door New Beginning
Denton County Friends of the Family
940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031
Healing Hearts Center
Cross Timbers Family Services
Women in Need
Family Crisis Center of Johnson County
Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center
If you think a friend may be in an abusive relationship, be supportive and listen without judgment. Understand that it’s often difficult for victims to discuss their abuse or leave an abusive relationship. Call the police if you are a friend or neighbor who knows a battering incident is taking place and victims are in immediate danger.
For more information on how to help a friend or family member, visit these pages:
How to help a friend who is being abused
Why people stay in abusive relationships
Help a friend or family member
Love is Respect: Helping a friend
Some women in abusive relationships can't "just leave" because of financial concerns. The Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse campaign provides financial tools and raises money for domestic violence survivors to help them prepare for the future and escape abusive relationships.
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