There is no excuse for violence against women. Yet every day, thousands of women are beaten, abused, raped, even murdered at the hands of family members, acquaintances, and those they love.
Women who are abused are not faceless strangers; they are our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and relatives. Women who are abused come from every economic background and every age and stage of life. You may be experiencing abuse yourself, hiding the fact that you're living in an impossible situation because you're too terrified to reach out for help.
No One 'Deserves It'If you have been abused, no matter what’s been said to you, know this: You did not deserve it. The abuse is not your fault. It’s hard to admit what is happening to you, but acknowledging abuse is the first step towards getting help and getting out of an abusive situation.
Just A Phone Call AwayThere are a number of resources in most communities, but if you have nowhere to turn, two national hotlines can quickly connect you with local help and assistance:
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.