I just found out this unfortunate statistic: in America, at least 1 in every 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Abuse is NEVER okay - period. No one should ever be subjected to an abusive relationship, but unfortunately it's a reality and sometimes figuring out how to get out is hard to deal with alone.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is there to offer help to victims and families of abuse. Their hotline provides assistance and guidance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They believe that every person deserves to live in a world free from violence and that safe homes and safe families are the foundation of a safe society.
Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 140 languages through interpreter services.
Dear's Advice: No one deserves to be abused. If you or someone you know is being hurt emotionally or physically, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.