ABUSE Help and Support

ABUSE Help and SupportListing of hotlines and helplines, support networks, and organizations that provide information and help to those affected by abuse, their families and friends, the professionals who work with them, and those who work to prevent violence and abuse.

Hotlines and Helplines  

Also see Hotlines and Crisis Lines in USA and Worldwide >>>

Child Abuse Reporting Numbers Listed by State State numbers for state agencies that investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline  800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)  Serves the United States, its territories, and Canada 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

Cybertip  Canada’s national secure and confidential tipline for reporting online sexual exploitation of children

CyberTipline If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it here.

International Sexual Assault Hotlines and Rape Crisis Centers

National Domestic Violence/Abuse Hotline  800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233); 800-787-3224 TTY

National Human Trafficking Resource Center  888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)  Report a tip, connect to anti-trafficking services in your area, get information on human trafficking and helping resources.

National Parent Helpline  855- 4A PARENT (855-427-2736)  Mon-Fri 10 am-7 pm PST Emotional support to parents and caregivers and referrals to helping parenting programs

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline Live help for sexual assault victims and their friends and families. Free, confidential, secure.

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline  866-331-9474  24/7 via phone, text and online chat

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)  800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

SAFE Helpline  877-995-5247  Sexual assault support for the DoD community

STOP IT NOW! Helpline  888-PREVENT (888-773-8368)   Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm ET  Free, confidential support and guidance for all sexual abuse issues and concerns.

STOP IT NOW! Helpline UK & Ireland  0808 1000 900  Mon-Thurs 9 am-9 pm; Fri 9 am-5 pm Support and guidance for all sexual abuse issues and concerns.

Survivors UK Helpline  0845 122 1201  Mon & Tues 7- 9.30 pm, Thurs 12-2.30 pm  For men who have been raped or sexually abused

Support Networks

Also see Support Groups: Hope and Healing Through Community >>>

Bikers Against Child Abuse International  Works with referring agencies and individuals to provide direct assistance and support to abused children.

Christian Survivors  An online community providing friendship, understanding, and support to survivors of child abuse, sexual violence, ritual abuse, trafficking, spiritual abuse, and all other forms of abuse.

International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies  Worldwide list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 80 languages.

Making Daughters Safe Again  International online support forum and advocacy for survivors of mother-daughter sexual abuse.

Parents Anonymous  Family strengthening organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Find a group near you >>>

Road to Recovery  Support organization assists survivors with their emotional, psychological, financial, and spiritual needs as they attempt to recover from the effects of clergy sexual abuse.

SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests)  877-762-7432  Supports people who have been victimized by clergy (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, other religious workers) and helps them try to pick up the pieces of their lives, heal and move forward.  Find a support group in USA or worldwide >>> 

Survivors of Incest Anonymous  International 12-step group of adults who were victims of child sexual abuse. Find a group near you >>> 

Survivorship  Support organization for survivors of ritualistic abuse, mind control and torture, and their allies. Online message board, educational forums, newsletter, yearly conference, and other events.

YES I Can Break the Cycle  Facilitated support chat rooms for survivors of abuse.


American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children  Helps professionals to respond to children and their families affected by abuse and violence.

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers  This professional organization focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective management of sex offenders. Referrals to professionals who specialize in the treatment of sexual abusers >>>

Bishop Accountability  Information and resources documenting the sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church.

Child Welfare Information Gateway  A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this national resource connects child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

Child Welfare League  Association of more than 1,000 public and private agencies that assist over 3.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.

Crimes Against Children Research Center  Information, research, and statistics about the nature of crimes against children, including child abduction, homicide, rape, assault, and physical and sexual abuse as well as their impact.

Empathic Parenting ~ Website of the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Johnny Gosch Foundation  Johnny Gosch, kidnapped in 1982, was the first missing child to appear on a milk cartoon. His mother, Noreen Gosch, continues her relentless search into the case, educates on the reality, seriousness, and danger of child abduction. child sexual exploitation, and pornography.

Joyful Child Foundation – In memory of Samantha Runnion  Dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse and abduction through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities.

Joyful Heart Foundation  Programs that heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

Kids Protecting Kids ~ This group, started by two teen girls – survivors of sexual abuse, who work to raise awareness of all types of youth abuse and to empower other young people who have been victims of abuse.

Male Survivor  Education and support for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their families, friends, partners, spouses, and the professionals who serve them. Annual conference, professional trainings, resource directory, support group listing, survivor retreats.

MINCAVA (Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse)  Extensive collection of violence- and abuse-related research and information.

Morality in Media  Interfaith organization that directs the War on Illegal Pornography coalition, an effort with Congress to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce existing federal obscenity laws. Also maintains a research website about the harms of pornography and conducts public information programs to educate and involve concerned citizens.

Mothers Against Sexual Abuse (MASA)  Educational programs for parents, caretakers, professionals, and schools. Provides support to victims and works to expose corrupt systems and the reformation of laws and procedures so that children will be protected from abuse.

National Center for Victims of Crime  Education, advocacy, and victim services.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence  Advocacy, education, and support for community-based groups to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and children.

National Organization for Victim Assistance  Education, advocacy, and support for victims of crime and victims of crisis.

Prevent Child Abuse America  Working at the national, state and local levels to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.

Prostitution Research and Education  Conducts research on prostitution, pornography and trafficking and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public and policymakers. Find services for women and children escaping prostitution >>>

PROTECT and National Association to Protect Children  PROTECT is a nonpartisan pro-child, anti-crime lobby whose sole focus is making the protection of children a top political and policy priority at the national, state and local levels. The National Association to Protect Children is a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens and members of the human species is the protection of children. Their newest program, the H.E.R.O. Child-Rescue Corps employs wounded veterans to investigate online child pornography, identify the offenders, and rescue the child victims from their abusers.

SASIAN  (Sibling Abuse Survivors’ Information and Advocacy Network)  Here you will find information about the problems associated with this type of domestic violence. Sibling Sexual Abuse – A Parents Guide offers much useful information. Separate sections help parents to recognize sibling abuse and give information on how to intervene if you discover this is happening in your family. There is also a section on prevention of sibling sexual abuse.

S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation)  Education and advocacy organization for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff.

Shared Hope International  Works to prevent and eradicate sex trafficking of children and women through education, rescue and restoration programs, and advocacy.

Stop It Now!  888-PREVENT (888-773-8368)  Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm ET  Prevention organization that provides effective ways for individuals, families and communities to act to prevent child sexual abuse before children are harmed – and to get help for everyone involved. Programs include their confidential helpline and email service, an interactive Online Help Center, prevention education and advocacy, and training services to professionals, organizations, coalitions, and community-based programs on strategies, policies and practices for preventing child sexual abuse.

Surviving Parents Coalition  Parents of children who were abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered, recovered or still missing advocate for education and legislation to prevent crimes against children and young people, especially child sexual abuse, sexual assault, exploitation, abduction, and murder.

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