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Domestic Violence Online Support
If you’re looking to connect with other survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, advocates or therapists through chat rooms, message boards, forums, social media groups or telehealth, this list of online resources will help.
If you join an online conversation, please keep in mind that you should not use your real name or contact information, and only use a safe email address if one is required. You never know who else may see your posts. Also be sure to practice
Safe Surfing, so that your online activity stays confidential.
After Silence aims to help victims become survivors and to communicate in the recovery of domestic and sexual violence. It offers an active message board and chat room for rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, incest and molestation survivors. There are over 31,000 members and about 1,000,000 posts, including recent posts and many useful posts from days and months past.
DomesticShelters.org Facebook Group
One of the most active places where domestic violence victims and survivors converse is on this website's Facebook page. There is daily conversation, people sharing opinions, past experiences and unvarnished stories, and occasional advice from professionals that have joined in on a topic, all within the context of an archive of articles on a wide range of domestic violence topics.
Speak Your Truth
Speak Your Truth Today was sparked when one woman opened up about the story of her abusive marriage on Facebook. She made a post on her 24th birthday to bring awareness to domestic violence against women, however, as it grew more popular, men who suffered DV and adults who suffered child abuse also came forward, sharing their stories. So, on a whim, she made a Facebook group for DV victims & survivors - in hopes they could share encouragement and resources to those recovering from abuse. SYTT has now become a massive community, with over 18K members from all over the world.
A clever, grassroots site run by survivors for fellow survivors as a safe place to come together and discuss their struggles and victories in healing from various types of abuse. Though the forum and chat do not boast the same numbers as some of the larger organizations, they are one of the more active conversation places on the Internet currently. Also adds new content to its site regularly.
Love is Respect - National Teen Dating Helpline
As it suggests, this resource focuses on teen relationships and can be accessed by phone, text or live chat. Run by The National Domestic Violence Hotline, it offers real-time, one-on-one support from trained peer advocates that offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers.
MaleSurvivor facilitates dialogue among male survivors of sexual assault and abuse, as well as between survivors and professional therapists, on our online forums like a vibrant and moderated discussion board, online 24/7 chat
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Operates confidential, non-public, one-on-one chats with advocates every day. Also provides a hotline 365/24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 in English and Spanish.
A safe and anonymous place for teens to get information and support from other teens with a chat room, covering topics such as relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, parents, cutting, identity and health. Chat is available M-Th 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM Pacific Time (except during the summer when the chat room is closed). Hotline available during off hours.
An online forum with around 2,000,000 posts and over 70,000 members run by Pandora’s Project, which provides information, support, and resources to rape and sexual abuse survivors and their friends and family. Includes healing retreat weekends, an articles database and guest speaker chats.
Virtual doctor visits through telehealth appointments.
Individualized counseling from a licensed therapist through text, chat or video sessions.
Group session access to sound advice from a professional for little to no-cost.
The following guidelines are used by DomesticShelters.org to determine which books we will make available in our Recommended Books section. If you are an author and would like us to consider your book for our site, please review the guidelines carefully before submitting. To submit a book, email us at email@example.com and include a PDF copy of the book.
- Your book must be published by a traditional publisher, not self-published.
- The book must be professionally written, researched, fact-checked, edited and copyedited.
- The book must meet book publishing industry standards for formatting, structure and presentation.
- The writing must exhibit expert understanding of domestic violence or related topics.
- The author is ideally widely recognized for their expertise on the topic presented.
- The book must have an ISBN 10.
- The book must be available through amazon.com.
- You must submit a PDF version of the book so that it can be easily reviewed.
While we receive many book submissions and reserve the right to determine which books will become available on DomesticShelters.org, we’re nonetheless greatly appreciative of all the good work created by the many people working to help survivors and end domestic violence.