Emergency Hotlines & Websites when experiencing domestic or sexual violence

Emergency Hotlines

Are you experiencing domestic or sexual violence? Do you know or suspect someone around you to be in such a situation?

Here is a list of emergency hotlines for domestic and sexual violence for several countries!

If your country is not listed, there are many online directories that can provide up-to-date information.

Remember: You can always call the police to aid you if necessary!

Emergency Hotlines & Websites

United States:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)


  • Ending Violence Association of Canada: Specific numbers can be found on their website depending on the province.
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1-866-863-0511

United Kingdom:


  • 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line (Victoria): 1800 806 292
    • Website: Information can be found on the broader 1800RESPECT website.


  • Hilfetelefon Gewalt gegen Frauen (Violence Against Women Support Hotline): 08000 116 016
  • Weisser Ring (for victims of crime): 116 006
  • Website: hilfetelefon.de


  • Violences Sexistes et Sexuelles au Travail (Violence against women hotline): 0 806 909 110
  • Violences Conjugales Info: 3919
  • Website: solidaritefemmes.org


  • Telefono Rosa (for victims of domestic violence): 1522
  • Website: telefonorosa.it


  • Helpline for Information and Reporting of Gender Violence: 016
  • Website: msssi.gob.es


  • Veilig Thuis (Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Hotline): 0800-2000
  • Website: veiligthuis.nl



  • Women’s Helpline: 1091
    • Website: The website details can be found based on specific states and territories as services may vary.
  • VIMHANS (Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences) Helpline for women: +91 98 71 000928

South Africa:

  • Gender-Based Violence Command Centre: 0800 428 428
  • Rape Crisis Cape Town: 021 447 9762

New Zealand:

Many of these organizations also have accompanying websites that provide additional resources, tools, and local safe space locations.

If someone is in immediate danger, it’s essential to call local emergency services immediately (e.g., 911 in the U.S., 999 in the UK, 112 in many parts of Europe, etc.).

Remember, it’s crucial to ensure safety when seeking help, especially if the abusive partner is nearby. Use safe and unmonitored devices to make calls or search for resources online.

What to do when experiencing domestic violence:

  1. Prioritize Your Safety:
    • If you are in immediate danger, call the local emergency number.
    • Create a safety plan for leaving the situation, which may include a packed bag, saved money, and a predetermined safe location.
  2. Reach Out:
    • Call a local domestic violence hotline or organization for advice, resources, and support.
    • Talk to someone you trust about your situation.
  3. Document the Abuse:
    • Keep a journal detailing instances of abuse, including dates, times, locations, and what happened.
    • Take photos of physical injuries and keep them in a safe place.
  4. Get Legal Help:
    • Consult with an attorney about your rights and the possibility of getting a restraining order.
    • Familiarize yourself with local laws and resources.
  5. Seek Medical Attention:
    • If you’re injured, see a doctor or visit a hospital.
    • Request that they document your injuries for legal purposes.
  6. Connect with Support Services:
    • Many organizations offer shelter, counseling, legal aid, and other services for survivors.
    • Consider joining a support group to connect with others who understand your experience.
  7. Plan for Your Emotional Recovery:
    • Consider therapy or counseling to help process trauma.
    • Build a support system of friends, family, and professionals.
  8. Stay Safe Online:
    • Change passwords and ensure your technology isn’t being monitored.
    • Be cautious about sharing your location or plans on social media.
  9. Educate Yourself:
    • Understand the cycle of abuse and be aware of red flags in relationships.
    • Know that you deserve a relationship free from violence and fear.
  10. Empower Yourself:
  • Take steps to rebuild your life, which may include going back to school, seeking employment, or pursuing new hobbies and interests.

Every individual’s situation is unique. It’s essential to consult with professionals and trusted individuals in your community to find the best path forward.

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