Domestic violence or abuse isn’t an occasional fight or even just a nasty argument. It is a pattern of physical, verbal, or sexual threats or aggression used by one partner to control the other.
Abuse can range from emotional torment like name-calling and isolation, to harassment like stalking and intimidation, to violence and physical harm. It affects every community: women and men; people of any age, ability, faith, or ethnic background; people who are rich or poor, highly educated or not.
If you’re concerned about your situation—or what’s going on in the life of someone you care about – give our helpline a call: 1.800.863.9909.
Whether you’ve left, are thinking about leaving, or want to stay with your partner, we’ll offer support and help you think through your options.
When you call, we can:
- Listen as you describe what is happening in your life.
- Offer support, a new perspective, and information about domestic violence.
- Engage in safety planning and problem solving.
- Explain how you can obtain a protection from abuse order.
- Provide information about how to access public assistance, housing, and other social services.
- Offer assistance with advocacy or support you if you want to advocate for yourself.
- Put you in touch with all of our other services.
The helpline is free, and confidential—and you can call us anonymously. Family members, friends, co-workers, or other service providers are welcome and encouraged to call the helpline for support and information too, and to find out how you can help someone you care about.
Call us anytime 24/7 at 1.800.863.9909.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.
During the day, someone will answer your call directly. After hours, or on weekends or holidays, you’ll reach our answering service. They’ll ask for your first name and phone number, and a Partners for Peace hotline worker will call you back within 15 minutes.
Can’t get through during business hours? Call 207.945.5102, and ask to talk to a helpline worker.