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GETTING HELP

If you or someone close to you is caught in an abusive situation, below are some resources and phone numbers to help you. Reach out to one of the hotlines by texting or calling or utilize one of the following resources to assist you. 

CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE

1(800)-422-4453

SUICIDE HOTLINE

1(800)-273-8255

MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE

1(800)-950-6264

HOW TO GET HELP

If you are uncomfortable reaching out to one of the hotlines or physically cannot, go to your nearest fire station. They will provide you with shelter, food, and water and will give you the necessary resources to escape your situation. If you are able to get proof of the occurring abuse, call Child Protective Services, they will help you be placed in a safe home. Do not be afraid to seek help, you deserve to be safe. 

WEBSITES

If a child reveals that they are being abused:​

  • Carefully listen to what they're saying and acknowledge what they've told you 

  • Let them know that they did the right thing by telling you

  • Comfort them by telling them none of it was their fault

  • Tell them you'll take them seriously (you might not be the first person they turned to, so they need to hear this)

  • DO NOT confront the abuser (this could make things worse for the victim)

  • Do not make any promises

  • Write down exactly what they say (this might help in the future, especially when other organizations want to help)

  • Talk to the child about what the next steps are 

  • Report the abuse/neglect as soon as possible

**Most victims will only talk about the abuse indirectly (ex. "Sometimes my dad keeps me up at night") and will not share details of the abuse immediately. It's really important to show the victim that they can trust you.** 

Do not pester the child with questions when they are telling you what happened. This will only frighten them further. If there is information you still need, ask the following questions:

  • What happened?

  • When did it happen?

  • Where did it happen?

  • Who did it?

  • How do you know them?

You do not need physical proof of abuse or neglect in order to report it. Firsthand observations or even overhearing certain statements are enough to warrant suspicion. 

Any questions?

Email me at innocenthearts2020@gmail.com.

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