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Domestic Violence Resources In North America

United States: Confronting the Epidemic of Intimate Partner Violence

In the land of the free, where dreams are pursued with fervor, a silent epidemic ravages the fabric of society: intimate partner violence. Within the culturally diverse landscape of North America, the United States stands at the forefront of this crisis, grappling with staggering rates of abuse and violence within intimate relationships.


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The prevalence of domestic violence in the United States is alarming, fueled by a myriad of factors ranging from high levels of gun ownership to pervasive fear of reprisals that deter victims from seeking help. Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic abuse cast a long shadow over the nation, leaving behind a trail of devastation and despair.

Domestic Violence Resources In North America
Domestic Violence Resources In North America

Statistics paint a grim reality: every minute, 24 individuals fall victim to abuse at the hands of intimate partners in the United States. Shockingly, half of all women seeking emergency medical care nationwide have a history of abuse, with 40% of those who tragically lose their lives at the hands of their abusers having sought help within the two years preceding their deaths. Regrettably, many did not receive the support they desperately needed, underscoring the profound challenges faced by survivors in accessing assistance and resources.


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The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis, intensifying the barriers faced by survivors and amplifying the risk factors for violence. With lockdowns and mobility restrictions in place, victims find themselves isolated and trapped with their abusers, unable to seek refuge or assistance. Recent research reveals a chilling reality: domestic violence across all genders and age groups surged by 30% during March and April alone, painting a stark portrait of the escalating crisis.


Amidst the darkness, however, glimmers of hope emerge. A network of support services stands ready to extend a lifeline to survivors, offering shelter, counseling, and legal advocacy to those in need. Hotlines and helplines provide round-the-clock assistance, offering a beacon of hope to those navigating the tumultuous waters of abuse.


As a society, we must confront the scourge of intimate partner violence head-on, dismantling the barriers that silence survivors and perpetuate cycles of abuse. Empathy, education, and advocacy are our most potent weapons in this battle, empowering survivors to reclaim their voices and their autonomy.


Together, let us stand in solidarity with survivors, amplifying their stories and demanding accountability for perpetrators. For every contact made, every life saved, brings us one step closer to a future where love triumphs over violence, and all individuals are afforded the dignity and respect they deserve.


Domestic Violence Hotlines in North America

Antigua and Barbuda

Adults

Bahamas

Everyone

Belize

Everyone

Cornerstone Foundation


phone: 222 4343

Canada

Children (under 18)

Kids Help Phone


phone: +1 800 668 6868

Women

Assaulted Women’s Helpline


phone: 1.866.863.0511


Alberta Council of Women


phone: 1 800 363 9010


Emergency Ready in Canada


message on Facebook

Men

National Domestic Violence Hotline


phone: 1-800-799-7233


phone: 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Older Adults (over 60)

ElderCare


phone: 1-800-677-1116

Costa Rica

Women

Cefemina


phone: 506 2224 3986


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Dominica

Everyone

She Will Survive


phone: 1-800-8477

Dominican Republic

Women

Ministerio de la Mujer RD


phone: +1 809-685-3755


message on Facebook

Everyone

phone: 809 200 1202


phone: 809-200-7212

 El Salvador

Women

 Grenada

Women

GNOW – message on Facebook


phone: 473 440 3788

Guatemala

Women

Haiti

Women

KAY FANM – HAÏTI


phone: (509) 2 45 5174/4221


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Honduras

Everyone

Jamaica

Women

Mexico

Children (under 18)

Teléfono ANAR México


phone: 01800 911-1119

Women

Secretaría de las Mujeres


Linea para Mujeres: 800 108 4053


INMUJERES


phone: +52 55 5322 6030


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Men

Secretaría de las Mujeres


Linea para hombres: 800 900 4321

Nicaragua

Women

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Everyone

Saint Lucia 

Women

USA

Children (under 18)

Childhelp USA


phone: 1-800 422 4453

Women

Men

VictimConnect


phone: 1 (855) 484-2846

Older Adults (over 60)

ElderCare


phone: 1-800-677-1116

Survivors, Legacy Families, Angel Babies

Military Members & Their Families

DoD Safe Helpline


phone: 1 (877) 995-5247

How can I tell if someone is being abused?

Recognizing and responding to signs of abuse is crucial in providing support to those who may be in danger. Here’s a summary of the steps you can take to help someone you suspect is being abused:

  • Be observant: Pay attention to subtle signs such as isolation from friends and family, financial control, and reluctance to discuss their relationship.

  • Listen without judgment: Offer a supportive ear and avoid pressuring the victim to take action. Understand that leaving an abusive situation can be complex and dangerous.

  • Make an anonymous report: If you witness or suspect ongoing abuse, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. Your intervention could save a life.

  • Reach out to support services: Refer the victim to organizations equipped to handle cases of abuse. These services can provide guidance and assistance while respecting confidentiality.

  • Avoid contact with the abuser: Refrain from confronting the perpetrator directly. Leave intervention to trained professionals to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

  • Maintain confidentiality: Respect the privacy of the victim by keeping any disclosures or reports confidential. Avoid sharing details on social media, as it could compromise the victim’s safety.

By following these steps, you can offer vital support to those experiencing abuse while minimizing risks to yourself and the victim. Remember that your actions can make a difference in helping someone escape a dangerous situation.


Violence Prevention and Self Defense Techniques

The Center for Violence Prevention and Self Defense (CVPSD) is a non profit 501(C)(3) with a mission to stop violence by educating at-risk people and empower them with the skills needed to protect themselves by providing online and live training. 


Through workshops and seminars we educate participants about violence prevention and guide them on assessing risk factors while establishing boundaries in relationships. Additionally practical self defense classes equip people with hands on skills and effective strategies to prevent and intervene in cases of assault. CVPSD reaches individuals and communities through partnerships with schools and other nonprofits, community groups, as well as classes for the public.

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