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.

When contacting a resource below, any information you provide will be collected and used by that resource, subject to its end user terms and conditions and privacy policy. Please contact the applicable resource if you would like more information.

Resource Type Contact
Domestic Violence Hotline

Free, confidential support 24/7.

Call Line 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Crisis Text Line

Have a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor. Available 24/7.

Text Line Text ACTION to 741-741

Call for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor. Available 24/7.

Call Line 988
Trans Lifeline

A free peer support phone service run by trans people for the trans community. Operates from 10am to 5am EST.

Call Line 877-565-8860
The Trevor Project

A safe, judgement free support service for LGBTQ and questioning youth who are struggling or thinking about suicide. Available 24/7.

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Outside the U.S.? Find a Helpline

Free emotional support, wherever you are.

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