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The Recovery Village

  Domestic violence can take many forms, with the most common types 

being physical violence, rape, stalking and emotional or psychological abuse.

In the United States, domestic violence is commonly associated with cases of sexual

assault, stalking, homicide, mental illness and suicide. The pervasiveness and complexity

of domestic violence mean that anyone — regardless of age, gender, sexuality,

ethnicity, religion or social standing — can be affected by this kind

of abuse at any point in their life.


Recovery Village

provides in-depth information about domestic violence, including: 

* Signs of Domestic Abuse, for a Victim or a Friend
* How to Get Out of an Abusive Relationship
* How to Help a Domestic Violence Victim 
* Facing the Facts: Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence 
* Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment Resources, by State

Other Resources

Songs for Little Ones

I learned about a beautiful product of music for children. When I was very young, I loved music; it touched something very powerful inside of me and became a great source of strength and healing, even while I was in the midst of suffering. For this reason, I want to share with you this product, to encourage other children to love music.

Songs for Little Ones is a collection of well-known children's songs and nursery rhymes, designed to delight, engage and educate toddlers and preschoolers. The project is composed of a music album, a piano sheet music book and an illustrated lyrics book, in English and Chinese. offers online resources
about financial abuse, as well as financial literacy.

  • The warning signs of financial abuse can vary depending on the specific situation. It’s also important to remember that financial abuse often escalates over time. It may start with something simple, like a small ask for some money or to give up a little bit of control. But it can grow over time and eventually result in a victim. Better understanding the warning signs can help prevent a situation from escalating out of control.

  • Financial abuse can also take place in marriages and relationships and can become a key part of domestic abuse situations.

  • Money is an everyday necessity, and abusers use that to take control of their victims. By taking control of their partner’s finances, the abuser is able to strip the victim of their independence and make it difficult for them to escape the situation.

  • “They have this ‘what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine, too’ mentality,” Joye said. “If you feel like you are suffering and they’re doing just fine financially, there’s an imbalance of power there. It is usually a power play and a control mechanism.”

  • It may not always be easy to tell if a loved one is being financially abused. In some situations, the victim may have not even acknowledged it themselves since some abusers can be very effective at disguising what they are doing.

  • Some abusers know how to toe the line of keeping their victim from seeking help, either by changing moods frequently or unexpectedly giving them generous gifts to keep them from suspecting too much.

  • “They may give the appearance of being generous when, actually, they’re just trying to placate you just enough to keep you bound,” Joye said.

  • But there are still signs from loved ones and family members to keep an eye on.

  • For those in relationships who may be being financially abused, one key sign for loved ones to look out for is how they refer to money and their financial situation. If their spouse comes off as an authority figure instead of an equal, it may mean something is going on.


Nearly 80% of Americans don’t recognize financial abuse as domestic abuse.

Source: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • When you start seeing somebody suffering or someone says "Oh, I can’t do that because John won’t let me, I can’t do that because Sally won’t let me." These are adults. If an adult won’t ‘let’ you do something or buy something, then something is wrong.

  • Another sign is if you notice a family member having to ask for permission from their spouse to make small, everyday purchases, or if they make reference to an allowance.

  • Loved ones should also keep an eye out for financial imbalances within the couple. “If they see that a husband’s driving a brand new Tesla and the wife is in an old beater, or vice versa, there’s some signs right there.” 

  • For family members of seniors who may be going through financial abuse, it is critical to keep an eye on their finances and their caretakers.

  • If you notice that your family member’s bank account has experienced either major withdrawals or many small ones that have added up over time, with no clear explanation, it may mean something is going on.


International Domestic Violence Resource Guide (2022)

Written by Xeandra Naicker | Updated On November 20, 2022

International Domestic Violence Resource





uide (2022)

Domestic violence exploded during the first two months of the COVID-19

outbreak. In the U.S., there was a 30% increase in spousal/partner abuse

towards women, and the U.K. saw a similar increase as well – 25%.

Similarly, there has been an uptick in violence against men and the elderly,

with financial strain caused by the pandemic being noted as the main

stressor in domestic situations. Still, there is no updated, comprehensive

resource that tells you where to go if you are suffering such horrible

violence, or know someone who is a victim.


Such a resource is critical, as there are abusive partners that have made

use of the pandemic itself as a tool of terror. In many cases, they withhold

medication, insurance cards, and even the ability to go purchase hand

sanitizer from their victims – all while public health procedures, such as

mass quarantines, prevent any chance of escape; this is on top of the

pre-existing threat of violence that constantly looms over their heads.

Sadly, you can’t trust the government either. Social Services aren’t getting the necessary funds in these times, and non-profit rescue organizations can’t do it alone. It is our duty to help the victims of this viciousness and not forget that there are victims of abuse across all age groups and genders.

United States: 24 People Per Minute Are Abused by Intimate Partners


In this guide, you will find every possible contact and useful tips that will help you to stop being a bystander, take action, and save lives (without putting your own at risk).

Because North America is so culturally diverse, the prevalence of domestic violence differs greatly from country to country. However, intimate partner violence is the most serious in the United States, which may be because of the high levels of gun ownership as well as the fact that many victims of domestic violence are afraid to report it for fear of reprisals.

Domestic Abuse has been outrageously common in the USA, long before the COVID-19 plague. In fact, 50% of women visiting emergency rooms nationwide have a history of abuse, and 40% of those murdered by their abuser tried to get help in the last 2 years before their death. In too frequent of circumstances, they didn’t get enough help from their surroundings – and in these times of lockdowns and mobility limitations, it’s even harder for them to reach out. According to recent research, domestic violence across all genders and age groups has increased by 30% in the U.S. during March and April alone.

It seems the next murder is right around the corner. The U.S. has seen an increase in violent risk factors: Gun sales reached a 7-year peak, with 1.9 million firearms sold in March 2020 alone; and liquor sales also rocketed by 31.7% in the same period, in comparison to 2019.

These contacts can help stop the next death and save a person’s life.

Domestic Violence Hotlines in North America


Antigua and Barbuda: Adults Antigua and Barbuda Support And Referral Centre
     phone: 268 463 5555

Bahamas: Everyone Bahamas Crisis Centre
     phone: 1 800 737 732

Belize: Everyone Cornerstone Foundation
     phone: 222 4343

Canada: Children (under 18) Kids Help Phone
    phone: +1 800 668 6868

    Women Assaulted Women’s Helpline
         phone: 1.866.863.0511
     Alberta Council of Women
          phone: 1 800 363 9010
     Emergency Ready in Canada
     Men National Domestic Violence Hotline
          phone: 1-800-799-7233     phone: 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

     Older Adults (over 60) ElderCare
          phone: 1-800-677-1116

Costa Rica: Women Cefemina
     phone: 506 2224 3986

Dominica: Everyone She Will Survive
     phone: 1-800-8477

Dominican Republic: Women Ministerio de la Mujer RD
     phone: +1 809-685-3755

          phone: 809 200 1202, phone: 809-200-7212

El Salvador: Women Organización de Mujeres Salvadoreñas por la Paz
     phone: 503 2556 0032

Grenada Women GNOW
    phone: 473 440 3788

Guatemala: Women Fundación Sobrevivientes
phone: 2285 0100/0139

Haiti: Women KAY FANM – HAÏTI
    phone: (509) 245 5174/4221

Honduras: Everyone Teléfono De La Esperanza de San Pedro Sula
     phone: 150

Jamaica: Women Woman Inc. Crisis Centre
     phone: 929 9038

Mexico: Children (under 18) Teléfono ANAR México
     phone: 01800 911-1119

     WomenSecretaría de las Mujeres
          Linea para Mujeres: 800 108 4053
          phone: +52 55 5322 6030
     Men Secretaría de las Mujeres
          Linea para hombres: 800 900 4321

Nicaragua: Women

     phone: 118

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Everyone Ministry of Social Development & Gender Affairs
     phone: +1 869-467-1275, +1 869-467-1223

Saint Lucia: Women The St. Lucia Crisis Centre Corporation
     phone: (758) 453-1521

USA: Children (under 18) Childhelp USA
     phone: 1-800 422 4453

     Women The National Domestic Violence Hotline
          phone: 1 (866) 331-9474

     Men Victim Connect
          phone: 1 (855) 484-2846

     Older Adults (over 60) ElderCare
          phone: 1-800-677-1116

     Survivors, Legacy Families, Angel Babies Break the Silence Survivor Helpline
          phone: 1 (855) 287-1777

     Military Members & Their Families DoD Safe Helpline
          phone: 1 (877) 995-5247

United Kingdom: Domestic Abuse Accounts for 16% of All Violent Crime


The 25% jump in U.K. abuse reports isn’t surprising. A recent study shows that the pandemic exposed severe flaws in the government’s approach to domestic abuse. Funds promised to services that support victims of domestic abuse back in October 2019 have not yet been supplied. This is surprising, considering the Government signed the Istanbul Convention in 2012 to reaffirm the U.K.’s strong commitment to tackle violence against women and girls. In reality, most of the U.K.’s 48 support services had to shut down at least one of their support channels. Abuse victim shelters are nearing full capacity, and the COVID-19 outbreak made everything worse – particularly for minorities.

We need to take the initiative and help people ourselves. This list will show you contacts that are still available and can help save lives today.

Domestic Violence Hotlines Across the U.K.


England: Children (under 18) Childline
     phone: 0800 1111
     Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline
          phone: 0808 200 0247

     Women Juno Women’s Aid
          phone: 0808 800 0340

Northern Ireland: Women’s Aid Federation 
     phone: 0800 917 1414

     Men Respect Men’s Advice Line
          phone: 0808 8010327

     Older Adults (over 60) Hourglass
          phone: 0808 808 8141

     LGBTQ+ Community Galop
          phone: 0800 999 5428

     Women & Men Respect Phoneline
     phone: 0808 802 4040

Ireland: Children (under 18) Childline
     phone: 1800 66 66 66

     Women Women’s Aid
          phone: 1800 341 900

     Men Men’s Aid Ireland
          phone: 01-5543811

     Older Adults (over 60) Hourglass
          phone: 0808 808 8141

Scotland: Children (under 18) NSPCC
     phone: 0808 800 5000

     Women Scottish Women’s Aid
           phone: 0800 027 1234,  0131 226 6606

     Men Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
          phone: 01823 334244

     Older Adults (over 60) Hourglass
          phone: 0808 808 8141

     Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
          phone: 0800 027 1234

Wales Children (under 18) NSPCC
     phone: 0808 800 5000

     Women Welsh Women’s Aid Live Fear Free Helpline
          phone: 0808 80 10 800

     Men Safer Wales
          phone: 0808 80 10 800

     Older Adults (over 60) Hourglass
          phone: 0808 808 8141

European Union: Men and women are almost equally affected by domestic violence


As COVID-19 grew in Europe, cases of domestic violence simply skyrocketed. Designated hotlines in Spain reported a 47% increase in women calling for help and a shocking 700% increase in online approaches from victims. Calls for help increased by 40% in Austria, and in France there’s been a 36% increase in police interventions for cases of abused women and children since the outbreak.

Being locked in with their abuser made calling for help harder than ever. Women in France and Spain had no choice, and began asking for help from pharmacists when they managed to go out to get medications. You can help make a difference by utilizing these contacts – whether you’re a victim of Domestic Abuse in the E.U. yourself or know somebody there who is being abused.

Domestic Violence Resources in Europe


Children (under 18) Child Helpline International

Women Women Against Violence Europe

Men Men’s Action Network

Older Adults (over 60) Age Action


Albania: Women Women and Girls Advice Line (Linja e Keshillimit per Gra dhe Vajza)
     phone: 116

Andorra: Everyone Servei d’Atenció a les Víctimes de Violència Domèstica i Familiar
     phone: 181

Austria: Women Women’s Helpline Against Violence
     phone: 0800 222 555

Belarus: Everyone National Hotline for Survivors of Domestic Violence
     phone: 8801 100 8801

Belgium: Women Crisis Situation Helpline
      phone: 0800/30.030, 106 (Flemish), 107 (French), 108 (German)

     Adults Ecoutes Violences Conjugales (French)
           phone: 0800 30 030
     Violence Hotline (Flemish)

           phone: 1712

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women & Children (under 18) SOS Line for Women and Children
     phone: 1264 (Republika Srpska), 1265 (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Bulgaria: Women Women’s Helpline
     phone: 359 2 981 7686

Croatia: Women Autonomous Women’s House in Zagreb
     phone: 0800 55 44

Cyprus: Everyone Center for Emergency Assistance Helpline
     phone: 1440

Czech Republic: Everyone DONA Line
     phone: +420 251 51 13 13

Denmark: Women LOKK Hotline
     phone: +45 70 20 30 82

Estonia: Women Tugitelefon
     phone: 1492

Finland: Women Women’s Line (Naisten Linja)
      phone: 358-800-02400

France: Women Violences Femmes Info
     phone: 3919
     Viols Femmes Information
          phone: 0800 05 95 95

Georgia: Everyone Anti-Violence Network of Georgia
     phone: 309 903

Germany: Women National Women’s Helpline
     phone: 08000 116 016

Greece: Women E.K.K.A. (National Center for Social Solidarity)
     phone: 197

     Adult General Secretariat for Gender Equality
          phone: 15 900

Hungary: Women & Children (under 18) NaNE Helpline for Battered Women and Children
     phone: 06 80 505 101

Iceland: Everyone Kvennaathvarfið Shelter Helpline
     phone: 561 1205

Italy: Everyone Antiviolenza Donne
     phone: 1522

Kosovo: Everyone Direct Line for Victims of Violence (Albanian) (Bosnian)
     phone: 0800 11112
     SOS Linja
          phone: 381 39 033 00 98

Latvia: Everyone Crisis Helpline
     phone: 67222922

Liechtenstein: Women Women’s Helpline Frauenhaus
     phone: 423 380 02 03

Lithuania: Women Women’s Line (Lygus)
     phone: 8800 66 366

Luxembourg: Women Fraentelefon
     phone: 12 344

Macedonia: Everyone National SOS Line – Phone of Trust
     phone: 15 315
     SOS National Mobile Line
          phone: 389 75 141 700,  389 77 141 700

Malta: Everyone Appogg Agency Supportline
     phone: 179

Moldova: Everyone Trust Line
     phone: 8008 8008

Montenegro: Everyone SOS Helpline For Victims of Violence
     phone: 080 111 111,  202 322 54

Netherlands: Everyone Veilig Thuis
     phone: 0800 2000

Norway: Everyone Crisis Situation Helpline
     phone: 800 40 008

Poland: Everyone National Emergency Service for Survivors of Family Violence
     phone: 801 12 00 02
     National Emergency Service for Survivors of Family Violence – Blue Line
          phone: 22 668 70 00

Portugal: Everyone Serviço de Informação às Vitimas de Violéncia Doméstica
     phone: 800 202 148

Romania: Women ADRA (Bucharest)
     phone: 021 25 25 117

     Baia Mare: Centru Artemis
          phone: 0262 25 07 70
     CMSC (Iasi)
          phone: 023 225 29 20
     Sensi Blue Foundation (Bucharest)
          phone: 021 311 46 36
     Sibiu: A.L.E.G.
          phone: 075 389 35 31
     Targu Mures: IEESR
          phone: 026 521 16 99
     Timisoara: APFR
          phone: 0256 29 3183

Russia: Everyone ANNA (National Center for the Prevention of Violence)
     phone: 8 800 7000 600

San Marino: Women Rosa Hotline

     phone: 800 738 738

Serbia: Women Network of Women’s Hotline in Vojvodina
     phone: 0800 10 10 10

     Everyone Helpline for Victims of Domestic Violence
          phone: 0800 100 600

Slovakia: Women National Line for Women Surviving Violence
     phone: 0800 212 212

Slovenia: Women & Children (under 18) SOS Helpline for Women and Children
     phone: 080 11 55

Spain: Everyone Helpline for Information on Gender Violence
     phone: 016

Sweden: Everyone Kvinnofridslinjen
     phone: 020 50 50 50
          phone: 020 52 1010

Switzerland: Everyone Dargebotene Hand
     phone: 143

Ukraine: Everyone Domestic Violence Counteraction and Child Rights Protection Hotline
     phone: 0800 500 335,  0800 500 336

Africa: a Third of All Women Have Experienced Violence


There has been a surge in domestic violence cases in Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a study by the United Nations, 70% of women in Africa have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partners. This number is even higher for women living in poverty or with disabilities.

During the pandemic, there has been a marked increase in the number of domestic violence cases reported. In Nigeria, for example, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported a 50% increase in domestic violence cases during the lockdown period. In South Africa, the police have reported a 25% increase in domestic violence cases since the start of the pandemic. This is likely because many women are now working from home and are, therefore, more accessible to their abusers.

The increased stress and anxiety of the pandemic have also led to an increase in domestic violence against men. In Kenya, the National Gender Violence Recovery Centre (NGVRC) has seen a 30% increase in the number of men seeking help for domestic violence since the pandemic began. The NGVRC has also seen an increase in the number of men reporting sexual violence.

Angola: Women She Will Survive Virtual Knowledge Centre
     phone: 260 665 9191

Benin: Women Courants de Femmes
     phone: 806 254 0376

Botswana: Everyone Humana People to People
     phone: (267) 3900516/7659

Burkina: FasoWomenVOIX de FEMMES
     phone: 226 38 47 08
     She Will Survive
          phone: 226 31 30 52

Burundi: Everyone phone: +257 22 23 53 78

Cabo Verde: Everyone phone: 941 780 2232

Cameroon: Women Pour des Femmes et Filles épanouies
     phone: (+237) 222 29 13 67,  6 99 85 07 17

Central African Republic: Emergency phone: 610600

Chad: Women phone: 0235 66 77 50 35

Comoros: Women She Will Survive
     phone: 0269 773 46 63

     National Police

          phone: 117

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Women AFPDE
     phone: +243994020783

     Abuse Helpline

          phone: (267) 220 52 94

Djibouti: Women Union Nationale des Femmes de Djibouti
     phone: 35 04 21/35 19 81

Egypt: Children (under 18) National Council for Childhood and Motherhood
     phone: 16000

     Women She Will Survive
          phone: 202 257 87089

     Men Abuse Helpline
          phone: 202 257 76792

     Older Adults (over 60) Abuse Helpline
          phone: 202 257 76792

Eritrea: Women National Union of Eritrean Women
     phone: 291 1 185636

Eswatini: Everyone Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse
     phone: 95

Ethiopia: Women AWSAD
     phone: (11) 124 2998/123 0777

     Everyone UNFPA
          phone: 7711

Guinea: Women phone: 60 28-11-89

Kenya: Women Coalition on Violence Against Women
     phone: 733 594 794

Liberia: Women & Children (under 18)

     phone: 919 527 0517

Mauritius: Women SOS Femmes
     phone: 139

Morocco: Women ADFM Rabat
     phone: (212) 2 82 64 00/01

Namibia: Everyone LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia
     phone: 116

Niger: Abuse Helpline
     phone: 227 74 12 55

Nigeria: Children (under 18) The Cece Yara Foundation
     phone: 0800 800 8001

     Women Women at Risk International Foundation
          phone: 234 809 210 0009

     Men Help for Victims of Matrimonial Abuse Foundation
          phone: 08061282142

     Older Adults (over 60) Dew Drop Foundation
          phone: (+234) 908 016 1319

Republic of the Congo: Everyone National Police
     phone: 05 548 59 95

Senegal: Women Comite de Lutte Contre Les Violences Faites Aux Femmes
     phone: 221 33 941 44 11

Seychelles: Children (under 18) Child Helpline Seychelles
     phone: 4322626

     Adults Quality of Life Division Helpline – Ministry of Family, Youth, and Sport
          phone: 2722293

Sierra Leone: Women & Children (under 18) Graceland Sierra Leone
     phone: 240 215

Somalia: Women & Children (under 18) Save Somali Women And Children – SSWC
     phone: +252 6184 72202

South Africa: Children (under 18) Childline
     phone: 116

     Women People Opposing Women Abuse
          phone: 011 642 4345
     Frida Hartley Shelter
          phone: 0800 150 150

     Men LifeLine
          phone: 0800-150-150

     Older Adults (over 60) Crime Stop
          phone: 08600 10111

Sudan: Women General Union of Sudanese Women
     phone: 9696

Tanzania: Women Kiwohede
     phone: 0800 780 100

Tunisia: Women Union Nationale de la Femme Tunisienne
     phone: (216) 7189 0011

Zambia: Women & Children (under 18) YWCA Council Of Zambia
     phone: 1 25 52 04

Asia: Rampant Domestic Violence Is Linked to Cultural Trends


Following worldwide trends during the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence in Asia has also increased. Reports indicate that in China, domestic violence hotline calls increased by 20%, while in South Korea, domestic violence reports increased by 30%, and in India, domestic violence cases increased by 40%.

With many people losing their jobs or having their hours reduced, it’s likely that arguments about finances have increased. This, combined with the anxiety and stress of the pandemic, as well as members of households being confined together for long periods, has resulted in frustrations being taken out on each other, often leading to abuse and violence.

Sadly women are affected far more in Asia, with 80% of domestic violence victims in China and 90% of victims in India being women. This is largely due to cultural attitudes in the region where women are often seen as subordinate to men and are, therefore, less likely to speak out or seek help if they are being abused.

Afghanistan: Women Afghan Women’s Resource Center
     phone: +93 799 203 056,  +93 700 280 179

Armenia: Women Women’s Support Center
     phone: 099 887 808

Azerbaijan: Children (under 18) Child Helpline Azerbaijan
    phone: 116111,  99 412 408 5696

Bahrain: Women & Children (under 18) Information Centre for Women and Children
     phone: 17262237

Bangladesh: Women She Will Survive Abuse Helpline

     phone: 966 4699

Bhutan: Women & Children (under 18) Information Centre for Women and Children
     phone: (975) 2 332159/334751

Brunei: Women She Will Survive Abuse Helpline

     phone: 673 340524

Cambodia: Women Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center
     phone: 1288

China: Children (under 18) Child Abuse Hotline
     phone: 12338

     Women Red Maple
          phone: 010-68333388

     Men Red Maple
          phone: 010-68333388

     Older Adults (over 60) Red Maple
          phone: 010-68333388

India: Children (under 18) Childline
     phone: 1098

     Women National Commission for Women
          phone: 7827170170

     Men Men Helpline
          phone: +91-9911666498

     Older Adults (over 60) The Dignity Foundation
          phone: 18002678780

Indonesia: Children (under 18) Indonesian Commission for the Protection of Children
     phone: 129

     Women National Commission on Violence against Women
          phone: + 6221 390 3922

     Men The UN Refugee Agency
          phone: +​​62 811 1000 424

     Older Adults (over 60) Emergency Line
          phone: 112

Iran: Everyone Organization for Defending Victims of Violence
     phone: 21 88 96 30 91

Iraq: Women Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq
     phone: 110

Israel: Women WAVO
     phone: 1202

Japan: Women Women’s Resource Center
     phone: 092 513 7333

Jordan: Women The Jordanian National Commission for Women
     phone: 6 568 7037

Kyrgyzstan: Abuse Helpline

     phone: 281 455

Laos: Domestic Violence Helpline

    phone: 1362

Lebanon: Women Lebanese Council for Combating Violence Against Women
     phone: 6 624 060

Myanmar: Women Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation
     phone: 067-419-173

Nepal: Women The Women’s Foundation Nepal
     phone: +977 1 515 5080

Saudi Arabia: Everyone MLSD 24-hour domestic violence helpline
      phone: 1919

Singapore: Women Aware
     phone: 18007775555

South Korea: Women Korea Women’s Hotline
     phone: 1366

Sri Lanka: Everyone CCCLine
     phone: 1333,  94 11 4 715585

Taiwan: Everyone 113 Protection Hotline
      phone: 113

Tajikistan: Everyone Project on Prevention of Domestic Violence
     phone: (91) 1892 221 527/198

Thailand: Children (under 18)

     phone 1387

     Everyone Social Help Centre
          phone: 1300,  02 276 2950

Timor-Leste: Abuse Helpline

     phone: 390 321 534

Turkey: Children (under 18) Emergency Domestic Violence Hotline
     phone: +90 212 656 9696
     Social Service Counseling Line
            phone: 183

     Women Emergency Domestic Violence Hotline
            phone: +90 212 656 9696

     Men Emergency Domestic Violence Hotline
          phone: +90 212 656 9696
     Older Adults (over 60) Emergency Domestic Violence Hotline
          phone: +90 212 656 9696

Vietnam: Children (under 18) National Child Hotline
     phone: 111

     Women Accompanying Women’s Development Support Hotline
          phone: 1900969680

     Abuse Helpline CSAGA Gender Violence Hotline
          phone: 024 3333 55 99,  (971) 34 36/31 43

Yemen: Everyone Family Counseling & Development Foundation Yemen
     phone: 136

South America: the Highest Rates of Gender-based Violence in the World


A study by the UN Women’s Office for South America found that domestic violence increased by 25% during the pandemic. The study also found that men were more likely to perpetrate violence than women and that the vast majority of victims were women between the ages of 18 and 34.


The increase in domestic violence can be attributed to a number of factors, including stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic, social isolation, and economic insecurity. The UN Women’s study found that women who experienced violence were more likely to live in households with lower incomes, to have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and to have experienced anxiety and depression.

Argentina: Children (under 18) Childhelpline
    phone: 102

    Women, Men, and Older Adults Línea 144
         phone: 144

    Women & Children (under 18) There Is A Way Out Civil Association
         phone: +54 9 11 6897-7876

Bolivia: Women Casa del Mujer
     phone: 591 4 663 8517

Brazil: Children (under 18) TECA
     phone: +55 21 2589 5656

    Women, Men, and Older Adults Dial Human Rights
          phone: 100

Chile: Women Red Chilena Contra la Violencia Hacia las Mujeres
     phone: 800 104 008

Colombia: Children (under 18) Linea 106
     phone: 106

     Women 123 Mujer Hotline
          phone: 123

     Men, Older Adults (over 60)  Línea Salvavidas
          phone: 3117668666

Ecuador: Everyone Cepam Quito

     phone: 098 63 62 526

Guyana: Women Fundación Sobrevivientes
     phone: (592) 227-3454

Paraguay Women Linea mujer

     phone: 137

Peru: Children (under 18) Fundación ANAR
     phone: 0800 22210

     Women PNP Women and Children Protection Center
          phone: +63 919 777 7377

     Men, Older Adults (over 60) Línea 100 Violencia familiar y sexual
          phone: 100

Suriname: Women Stop Violence Against Women Foundation
     phone: +597 470 0380

Trinidad and Tobago: Everyone Families in Action
     phone: (868) 628-2333,  800 7283

Uruguay: Everyone Red Uruguaya Contra la Violencia Doméstica y Sexual
     phone: 0800 4141

Venezuela: Women Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas
     phone: 0800-MUJERES (6853737)

Oceania: the Highest Prevalence of Lifetime Intimate Partner Violence


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a dramatic increase in reports of domestic violence across Oceania. In Australia, for example, the National Domestic Violence Helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls since the pandemic began. Women’s shelters in New Zealand have also reported being full to capacity, with many women forced to sleep in their cars or on the streets.

The statistics on domestic violence are alarming, with one in four women in Australia and one in three women in New Zealand experiencing physical or sexual violence from a partner at some point in their lives. In Fiji, the figure is even higher, with nearly half of all women reporting experiencing violence from a partner. While domestic violence affects women of all ages, it is particularly prevalent among young women. In Australia, for example, one in five women aged 18-24 experience violence from a current or former partner.

The impact of domestic violence goes beyond physical injury. Women who experience violence from a partner are also more likely to suffer from mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. They are also at greater risk of developing substance abuse problems and can have difficulty maintaining employment. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even harder for women to escape abusive relationships, with many shelters forced to close their doors due to the risk of infection. Women who are able to leave their partners often have nowhere to go, with many families unwilling to take them in for fear of contracting the virus.

The situation is particularly dire in Papua New Guinea, where there has been a marked increase in reports of domestic violence since the pandemic began. In a country where violence against women is already widespread, the pandemic has exacerbated the problem, with many women finding themselves trapped at home with their abusers.

Australia: Children (under 18) Kids Help Line
     phone: +61 7 1800 55 1800

     Women, Men, Older Adults (over 60) National Domestic Family and Sexual Violence Counselling       Service
          phone: 1800 737 732

Fiji: Women Fiji Women’s Crisis Center
     phone: 3313 300

Kiribati: Women & Children (under 18) Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre (KWCSC) Helpline:
     phone: 191,  landline: 750 21000

     Police Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenses Unit The Commonwealth Says No More
          phone: 26187

Marshall Islands: Women Women United Together Marshall Islands
     phone: +692 625 5290

New Zealand: Children (under 18) Kidsline
     phone: 0800 543 754

     Women Women’s Refuge
          phone: 0800 733 843

     Men Shine
          phone: 0508 744 633

     Older Adults (over 60) Are You OK
          phone: 0800 456 450

Papua New Guinea: Everyone 1-TOK Kaunselin Helpim Lain
     phone: 71508000

Samoa: Everyone Samoa Victims Support
     phone: 68522640

Solomon Islands: Everyone Empower Pacific
     phone: +677 30065,  677 26999

Tonga: Women & Children (under 18) Women & Children Crisis Center Tonga
     phone: +676 222 40

Vanuatu: Women Vanuatu Women’s Centre

phone: +678 25764

How can I tell if someone is being abused?


It’s not always clear. In many cases, you can hear the fights, pangs of violence, cries, or see a victim with bruises – while in many other cases, you won’t be close enough for that. There are critical indications you can be aware of, however, and know when you’re talking to a person in need of help.

For example: A person who said their abuser – a spouse, family member, or other type of partner – doesn’t let them communicate with their children, family, or friends, using Coronavirus as an excuse. Another indication is a person who has no financial control over their own lives and can’t spend any money without approval from their partner – not even for an office gift or a lunch. One more possible indication is a person who just won’t speak about their relationship or partner at all, mostly out of fear of repercussions.

What can I do to help?

Remember that many cases of Domestic Abuse end in murder. They also more frequently include rape, severe injuries, and unimaginable emotional scars – including (and often especially) for the children in the household. Therefore, it is your duty to help the authorities get to the victims and end their nightmare. This is how you’ll do it without risking your own life.

  1. Don’t push the victim.
    Sometimes it seems odd that a person being abused won’t file a complaint against their spouse or abuser to end her suffering – and people will just pressure her to do so. Remember that you don’t know what the victim has gone through, and reporting the abuse might be horrifying for them. Sometimes they try to protect their abuser out of fear, or a feeling that they deserve such abuse. Therefore, they will need your help – and not a lecture about how they need to stop suffering and help themselves.

  2. Don’t be afraid to make an anonymous report.
    Call the police if you hear an active, ongoing incident – you might very well be saving that victim’s life.

  3. Call a support service.
    Every one of the services listed here is well-trained in cooperating with the police, social services, and other relevant bodies. They can give you advice regarding the specific case at hand, and contact the victim themselves without mentioning you at all.

  4. Avoid the abuser.
    You’re trying to help a victim by getting the right professionals on the case, not by taking the law into your own hands or getting into trouble. Don’t talk to the abuser, even if you’re well acquainted, and don’t threaten them. Leave them for the cops and legal system.

  5. Keep things confidential.
    While helping a person in need is grounds for praise on social media, it might also expose that case and cause new or additional hardships for the victim. Also, a person who’s fishing for praise on Facebook or Twitter might play into the hands of the abuser’s lawyers, saying your report was dishonest as you were in it only to gain likes and popularity.



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Safety Information for People who Use Ridesharing Services


This is really helpful information from Consumer Notice:

Thousands of people experience assault during rideshare rides each year. People who experienced rideshare sexual assault have sued providers for lax driver screening policies, holding that major rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft have fallen short in protecting riders and drivers.

Uber and Lyft Assault Statistics

According to the most recently available information from Uber, it received 3,824 reports of sexual assault in 2019 and 2020. More than half of those reporting Uber rideshare assaults to the company were passengers. Lyft’s safety report provides similar information for 2019, with 1,807 sexual assaults reported.

Both Uber and Lyft report a 99% safety rate for trips using their services. However, thousands of passengers and drivers report a rideshare assault or personal injury each year. People have filed rideshare lawsuits as a result of in-ride incidents.

Key Rideshare Statistics

  • Roughly 36% of U.S. adults use ridesharing apps.

  • Uber reported 3,824 cases of sexual assault on Uber-initiated rides and 20 fatalities because of physical assault during rides in 2019-2020.

  • Lyft reported 1,807 incidences of sexual assault, including four fatal physical assaults, during rides in 2019.

  • Lyft reported a 19% decline in assault rates during U.S. rides compared to the previous reporting period.

Both Uber and Lyft claim they’re not responsible for rideshare assault because drivers are independent contractors and not employees. However, they have acknowledged the problem and are taking steps to increase rider and driver safety. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides guidance on the liability of companies dealing with contractors and clients. Employers are responsible for controlling the harassing behavior of independent contractors or customers if they know about the behavior or could be reasonably expected to know about it. This undermines the claims of rideshare companies attempting to exclude themselves from liability because of their nonemployee relationship with drivers.  Some legal experts believe rideshare companies have demonstrated knowledge of harassing behavior and assaults through periodic safety reports. Additionally, they claim that while companies have made changes to hiring and screening practices as well as assault reporting procedures, they have overall fallen short of creating a safe environment for riders and drivers.

Major rideshare companies are taking steps to reduce sexual assault and other violence during rides by using technology updates and expert guidance on safety measures. In addition to technological updates, they are turning to experts to provide guidance on implementing programs and policies and offering more support to those who have experienced sexual assault while using Uber or Lyft.

Recommended Rideshare Safety Measures

  • Improve initial driver screening processes and adherence to community guidelines

  • Provide training and oversight for drivers

  • Perform annual follow-up checks to capture new information

  • Make assault reporting easier with increased access to reporting tools

  • Implement post-reporting support services

Uber is creating technological solutions to improve safety. For example, Uber’s Follow My Ride feature allows riders to share their location with a family member or friend. The in-app Emergency Button provides a direct and immediate connection to local emergency responders.

To reduce Lyft driver assault claims, the company is focusing on policy improvements in three categories: before, during and after the ride. Lyft reports routine monitoring for criminal convictions and driver deactivation as necessary. Additionally, drivers must undergo training created by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Passenger safety features include routine route check-ins, location-sharing capabilities and one-touch emergency connection to a security professional.

How to Report Assault to Rideshare Apps

Riders and drivers can report rideshare assault through in-app emergency features, online or by calling the appropriate rideshare company’s reporting number. During a ride, in-app emergency reporting buttons are the easiest and most discreet options for reaching out. These safety features connect with a security professional (Lyft) or emergency services (Uber) to get help when needed.

Those who have experienced Lyft or Uber sexual assault should also file a report with local police. People can find additional support and resources by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or using the organization’s online chat feature.

Ways to Report Rideshare Assault

  • Contact the rideshare company online

  • Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • Use available in-app reporting features

  • File a police report

Finding support and information on how to report Uber sexual assault claims on the Uber website can be difficult. The dedicated 24-7 support team and app help menu are easier to navigate. Uber provides a “Safety Toolkit” section in its app with all safety-related information in case of an emergency.

Lyft encourages individuals to report inappropriate behavior or Lyft sexual assault claims through the app or by phone. The company maintains it will never retaliate against someone filing a claim.

Personal Safety for Rideshare Users

This information goes one step further, for personal safety and protection, by

How to Stay Safe in Rideshares

Medically Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on August 20, 2021

Written by Lilianna Hogan

Before You Get Into The Car

The right preparation can make all the difference in your rideshare. By taking the proper precautions, you can help keep yourself safe.

Learn the driver’s name, car model, and license plate number. One of the main complaints during rideshares is that imposters will pose as the driver. To make sure you don’t get into the wrong car, check that the driver on your app matches the person whose car you are getting into. Make sure the vehicle matches up with the vehicle displayed in your app. 


Stand in the street as little as possible. To avoid imposters, order your rideshare car from inside. By limiting the amount of time you spend looking like you're waiting for a rideshare, you will make yourself less vulnerable to foul play.  


Check the driver’s profile on the app. All rideshare companies have apps where you can check the profile of the driver and see the ratings and reviews other riders have given them. Before you get into the driver’s vehicle, look them up and make sure they have stellar reviews. If they don’t, cancel your ride and get another driver. Not only will this ensure your safety, but it will help you decide if the driver will be the right fit for you.


Travel with other people. People are generally safer when in larger groups. Traveling with more people statistically lowers your chances of encountering danger. Try to ride with friends during dangerous times like late at night or extremely early in the morning. Most rideshare apps have features where you can carpool with strangers, so if you can’t bring friends, that could also be a great option.


How to Stay Safe During Your Rideshare

Consider taking the following actions to help ensure you stay safe during your rideshare ride.


Do not ride in the front. Many reports of sexual assault, groping, and aggressive touching happen when passengers get into the front seat of rideshare cars. Usually, these passengers are female and are touched by male drivers.


Make sure the driver is on the correct route. Passengers are able to see the designated route through the rideshare apps. When you're in the car, make sure to monitor whether or not you are on the assigned route. If the driver goes off course in a way that makes you uncomfortable or puts you at risk, immediately call 911.


Update your family and friends. On the Uber app, there is a “share status” button. This will immediately send your driver’s name, license, location, and photo to your selected contacts. On Lyft, you can tap the “Send ETA” button to immediately send your route and location to your loved ones. If the rideshare app you are using doesn’t have these features, be sure to text your location to someone you trust and communicate whatever details you have of the car or driver you are with. 


Protect your personal information. Do not share your contact information, address, or full name with the driver.


In Case of Emergency

Listen to your intuition. If something terrible is going on, you will probably know it. Take action as soon as possible. Avoiding a potentially dangerous situation is worth any awkwardness or unpleasantness. ‌

If you believe you are in imminent danger, be sure to:

  • Call 911

  • Attempt to get out of the car and get to a public place filled with people

  • Try to attract attention by yelling, blowing a whistle, or otherwise making loud noises

  • Alert the police to any actual or suspected crimes 

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