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Domestic Violence

Dangerous Words and the Internet

By Kristance Harlow | December 28, 2018 | 1 Comment
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If I was home without a parent, I knew to answer the phone and say mom is in the shower or that dad is mowing the lawn. I knew to not open the door if anyone came knocking. I didn’t know I needed the same cautious self-protection when I logged on.

The Persuasive Mind Tricks of Abusers

By Kristance Harlow | November 16, 2018 | 2 Comments
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If abusers are such assholes, how do they get someone to fall in love with them in the first place? Easy, they’re not just assholes, they’re often charismatic and attractive. Oh, and very persuasive.

The Truth About Sexual Assault

By Kristance Harlow | October 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Breaking down some of the most devastating and important statistics about sexual violence.

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Yes, Things Get Worse Before Things Get Better

By Kristance Harlow | September 26, 2018 | 1 Comment
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One thing about trauma in PTSD is that it starts to show itself when you’re safe(r) than before. Our brains are working on overdrive trying to protect us and to handle all the threats and to keep us alive after the earth shattering trauma(s) we lived through. We feel scared because we know how bad…

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Relationship Red Flags: Are You Dating an Abuser?

By Kristance Harlow | August 21, 2018 | 1 Comment
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Trust your intuition, relationship red flags aren’t easy to identify, but there are warning signs. Are you dating an abuser?

Lack of Resistance is Not Consent, It’s Assault

By Kristance Harlow | January 4, 2018 | 1 Comment
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Sexual assault and harassment boil down to a violation of one basic principle: consent. Never assume consent. Lack of resistance is not consent.

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Where to Get Help for Suicide or a Mental Health Crisis

By Kristance Harlow | December 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
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A comprehensive listing of suicide intervention and crisis support hotlines and contacts. Talk to someone via chat, text, phone, or email. Find help for yourself or someone else.

Why I am airing my dirty laundry

By Kristance Harlow | December 17, 2017 | 2 Comments
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There is a lot of value in talking about survival and moving forward in life. It is important to see what the future can hold, but when you feel alone in the thick of sorrow the only thing that you want is to feel less alone.

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The Internet Can Help Trauma Survivors— But It Can Harm Them, Too

By Kristance Harlow | November 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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For many battling depression and other mental illness, social networking sites are the only place they feel understood. The internet keeps the door to the outside world ajar just enough to make it possible for help to sneak through.

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Ten Things Survivors Should Know About the Title IX Rollback

By Kristance Harlow | October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos warned that she would not protect the Obama-era guidelines that helped schools establish systems and policies for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. As early as January, during her confirmation hearings, DeVos said she would not commit to protecting those guidelines.

Crisis Help USA
Emergency
Virtual & International
Crisis Help USA

Find help for a crisis by texting, calling, or chatting online with these free crisis organizations. Looking for one outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

Crisis Text Line
Text: “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Lifeline
Text: “ANSWER” to 839863
Call: 1-800-273-8255

Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-422-4453

The Trevor Project
Text “START” to 678678
1-866-488-7386
Emergency

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call your local emergency number. The numbers listed here are the commonly used numbers for the stated region, the numbers can vary greatly depending on where you live. If you don't know your country's equivalent to 911, this wiki page and The Lifeline Foundation have comprehensive listings.

Americas

911

The Americas
Europe

112

Europe
Africa

112 & 999

Africa
Asia

112, 999, 110

Asia
Oceania

112, 911, 999, 111, & 000

Oceania
Virtual & International

These online and international resources may help you anywhere you are located. Looking for local support outside of the USA? Check out our support listings.

DV Support Abroad
Call toll-free worldwide
1-833-723-3833

I'm Alive Virtual Crisis Center
Live chat with trained volunteers

Crisis Connections
24/7 crisis support with interpretation in 155+ languages