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National Domestic Violence Hotline

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.

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kbowers kbowers 8 years
hi, i have been in a very abusive marrage for 24 years, sexully, physically, and mental, i stayed for my 3 children, i am now going threw a divorce, my problem is that i have found someone that is a very nice, caring, and he is really supportive of me, but my problem is that i can not open up to him, i want to but i just cant seem to bring myself to tell him what all has happened in my marrage, and i want to make love with him and i want to till it is time to do it and i freeze up, my question is how can i get over what all my husband has done to me, how can i get my selfesteem back and be the person i once was, please help me,
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Like Dear said, abuse is never ok. A friend of mine was hit by her husband once. She got the classic line of "it will never happen again. I'm sorry". Chances are it will happen again, and it did with my friend.
Swp2885 Swp2885 10 years
this is a great post- I worked at a shelter throughout high school doing teenage outreach and what's really scary is 1 in 4 girls will be in an abusive relationship of some sort before college it's always good to spread the word so young people know it's not how relationships are supposed to be
deletemyaccountnowplease deletemyaccountnowplease 10 years
That statistic astounds and saddens me!
tati33 tati33 10 years
Awesome Dear!! Good post! I agree with you 110%
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