Confidential Community-Based Advocates employed through non-profits are available to help you 24/7 whether you decide to report incidents of abuse or domestic violence to law enforcement or not. There is never a charge for services. Community-Based Advocates are mandated reporters for child abuse but are legally required to keep confidential all other information, including your identity, and whether you have inquired about or received services.
If you are experiencing abuse and it has impacted your health, please visit our Find Help Near You page to find your local domestic violence program.
All domestic violence programs have staff who can help you explore your options, talk to you about seeking medical treatment or support from a healthcare provider, plan for your safety, access other community resources, understand current laws, and explain how to get a protection order.
Experiencing domestic violence often creates serious implications for your health and the health of your family. From physical assaults, to toxic emotional stress, to an abusive person sabotaging your access to healthcare, the impact is far-reaching.
For more information on the health impacts of domestic violence for adults and children, read the Futures Without Violence Factsheet.