Experiencing abuse

People often equate the term “abuse” with physical violence, but abuse is actually any pattern of behavior used to harm, belittle or gain control over another person. Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual, digital or financial. No one deserves to be treated that way, so it’s critical to speak up at the first signs of abuse.


Regardless of where you are in your treatment journey, there are simple strategies for coping in those moments when the effects of trauma feel overwhelming. These resources are a great place to start to help yourself or support a friend.


Abuse puts survivors at greater risk of mental health conditions, substance misuse and suicide, so it’s important to never ignore the warning signs. If you feel hopeless or like you can’t go on, contact one of the resources below as soon as possible.

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Resource Type Contact
Domestic Violence Hotline Call Line 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Crisis Text Line Text Line Text ACTION to 741-741
Lifeline Call Line 1-800-273-TALK
Trans Lifeline Call Line 877-565-8860
The Trevor Project Website Visit website