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After Abuse

  • How Do You Find Safe People?

    Looking for these three qualities will start you off on the right foot | After escaping abuse, finding a person who makes you feel safe can be like a breath of fres... read more

  • Speaking Out

    Four steps to becoming an advocate for domestic violence survivors | You’ve survived a waking nightmare. And now that you’ve emerged a free person, you have a desir... read more

  • Why No One Googles "Children and Domestic Violence"

    Kids not witnesses, they are victims we don't talk about | I grew up living with domestic violence. So did my mom. So did her mom. So did 40 million other adult... read more

  • Threatened Not to Testify

    When abusers threaten survivors from telling their account in court, it’s considered witness tampering | Batterers are not always career criminals like the drug dea... read more

  • Could Adopting a Pet Help You Heal?

    When, what and why to adopt | There are many things we’re advised to do for the betterment of our health­ – eat more kale, start jogging, go to bed earlier, drink wat... read more

  • Should You Change Your Social Security Number?

    A social security attorney explains the pros and cons | Starting your life over after domestic violence is not a simple task. If your abuser isn’t behind bars, many... read more

  • Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds

    The battle scars domestic violence leaves behind | When most relationships end, what’s done is done. Time heals all wounds, right? In some instances, maybe, but it’... read more

  • Advocates Team With Police as First Responders

    Pioneering efforts aim to help where justice system leaves off | When topics involving police, courts and domestic violence are published on domesticshelters.org, o... read more

  • 'My Friend Told Me She's Being Abused'

    The right and wrong thing to say at this moment | Someone in your life has just entrusted you with a serious confession: She (or he) is being abused by their partne... read more

  • The Excuses We Tell Ourselves

    There’s no justification for an abusive partner | Before you ever got into an abusive relationship, you probably said at some point, “I would never let anyone mi... read more

  • Rebuilding Your Self-Esteem After Abuse

    5 ways you can start feeling good about yourself and the world again | After escaping an abusive partner, starting a new life can feel empowering. You’re on your ow... read more

  • Give Back a Smile

    National program helps heal visible effects of domestic violence | "It feels good when you can smile and know that the world is smiling with you. I smile all the ti... read more

  • Arm Yourself with Information

    Free online handbooks can help violence survivors heal | Escaping and recovering from violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault, means you first need t... read more

  • Why Survivors Should Set Goals for the Future

    Think long-term when you're escaping violence  | Business mogul Bill Gates once said that people tend to overestimate what they can do in one year but underestimat... read more

  • Staying Strong After Leaving the Shelter

    Why some survivors consider returning to an abusive partner | Make no mistake about it—seeking help from a domestic violence shelter is a courageous, bold and strong d... read more