Violence Against Women
Violence and abuse affect women from all kinds of backgrounds every day. Sometimes, women are attacked by strangers, but most often they are hurt by people who are close to them. Violence and abuse can cause terrible physical and emotional pain. But you are not alone, and you can get help.
Women's thoughts on violence
"I have a sense of pride that I survived and started over. I had to give up the outward appearances and realize that this can happen to anyone, no matter who you are."
— 60-year-old woman
"I can only hope that by telling my story, someone will realize that they are not alone and support is available."
— Registered nurse
"I'm still seeing a counselor...which allows me to see each day as a positive."
— 35-year-old woman
"I divorced him not because I didn't love him, but because I made a choice to be free of his madness."
- 1 is 2 Many – Young women face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. Vice President Biden is focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24 through the 1 is 2 Many campaign.
- One Department: Overview of HHS Activities on Violence Against Women (PDF, 667 KB) – This report describes how funds from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act are used to provide emergency shelters and other help to survivors of domestic violence and their children.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline – This confidential and free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in more than 170 languages. Hotline staff can offer safety planning and crisis help. They also can connect you to shelters and services in your area. Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TDD 800-787-3224. You also can get help through email on the hotline's contact page.
- The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – This confidential and free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 866-331-9474 or TDD 866-331-8453. You also can get help through a live online chat from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time), and you can ask questions through email at the helpline's contact page.
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline – This confidential and free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English or Spanish. Call 800-656-4673. You can get live online help through the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Violence Prevention – This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on the impact of violence and resources to help prevent violence in communities.
- Mental health – This section of womenshealth.gov provides information on mental health problems, getting help, and taking care of your mental health.
Violence Against Women was reviewed by experts at:
Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Office of Women's Health
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Content last updated May 18, 2011.
Resources last updated May 18, 2011.
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