Pathways to Freedom from Abuse

Freedom from abuse is a complex journey. Each person has to find the path that works best for them. Some people stay with their partners and find ways to reduce the harm in their relationship, while others leave their relationship to try to be free from abuse. For many survivors, having a supportive community and information about options helps to increase their sense of safety and confidence.

The DVHopeline welcomes all survivors, wherever they are on their journey, and whether they choose to stay in their relationship or leave it. Our advocates are here to help with emotional support, safety planning, information, and referrals to community resources.

“Freedom from domestic violence is possible for everyone.”

“Survivors of domestic violence display a stunning capacity for survival and perseverance.”

“Asking for help is probably one of the hardest things a person can do, but it’s one of the best things a person can do.”

“Developing support systems and mobilizing resources helps survivors of domestic violence to be resilient and ultimately to recover from domestic violence.”

“Love and care from trusted adults, and a safe and predictable environment help children and young people heal from domestic violence.”

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