Ray Rice, the NFL, and What We Know About Domestic Violence

The recent events and media coverage surrounding Ray Rice and the NFL have created a powerful swell of conversation about domestic violence. While we are outraged at the stories we hear daily at the Hotline, we are heartened by the support of so many people who recognize that there is no excuse for abuse.

Children as an Abusive Mechanism

Abusive partners exert power and control over their significant others through many different tactics — and unfortunately, using children can become a tactic.

What is Gaslighting?

Gaslighting is an extremely effective form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their own feelings, instincts, and sanity, which gives the abusive partner a lot of power.
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When The Fighting Starts: Tips for Protection

If you’re in a relationship where physical abuse is ongoing or likely to occur, there are some practical tips that could help keep you safer. Remember: what works for one person may not be a safe option for another.
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What Is Safety Planning?

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you are in danger.
National Domestic Violence Hotline Blog

Francesca's Story

"Living with a man like my ex-husband is like having a gun pointed at your head every single day, and you just don’t know when the gun is going to go off." Read Francesca's story.