If you or someone you know has been abused, seek help immediately from civil authorities, child protective services, or adult protective services. You may also seek help from a victim advocate or medical or counseling professional. These services can help protect you and prevent further abuse.
In addition, the help lines listed below are free and are staffed by people who are trained to help. These resources are not created, maintained, or controlled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Additionally, Church leaders and members should fulfill all legal obligations to report abuse to civil authorities. No Church leader should ever dismiss a report of abuse or counsel a member not to report criminal activity. Bishops, branch presidents, and stake presidents should call the Church’s ecclesiastical help line immediately each time they learn of abuse for assistance in helping victims and meeting reporting requirements. Go to CounselingResources.ChurchofJesusChrist.org for the help line number and more information. Some of these resources may be available in English only.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (US and Canada; 170 languages): 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453. Crisis intervention and information, referrals to support services. Confidential 24/7 support.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (200 languages): 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Advocacy information and safety planning. Email (English) and chat (English and Spanish) are also available.
National Dating Abuse Helpline (200 languages): 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 (TDD). Email and text (English) and chat (English and Spanish) are also available.
Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (UK; English): 0808-2000-247. Email is also available.
National Sexual Assault Hotline (US; English and Spanish): 1-800-656-4673.
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (US). Live chat. Help from a trained support specialist.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US; English and Spanish) 1-800-273-8255. Live chat.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Information on crisis hotlines, mental health guidance, help for abused or neglected children, help for sexually abused children, responding to disasters, and victim assistance and compensation programs.
RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): Programs to help prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and bring offenders to justice.
The National Center for Victims of Crime: Resources to assist victims of crime. Help in learning about victim rights and options.
Office for Victims of Crime: Resources that provide services to crime victims.
Safe to Talk—sexual harm helpline
Phone: 0800 044 334 (24/7 helpline)
Police: (emergency) 111
Women’s Refuge New Zealand—Live safe from violence.
Phone: 0800 733 843 (24/7 helpline) / Website: womensrefuge.org.nz
Child Abuse Prevention Parent Helpline
Phone: 0800 568 856 (aka Parent helpline)
Safe Network—all forms of harmful sexual behavior. Safe provides services for sex offenders and their families.
Shine—physical and emotional abuse
Phone: 0508 744 633 (9 a.m.–11 p.m., 7-days-a-week helpline)
It’s Not OK—family violence
Phone: 0800 456 450
Oranga Tamariki (government—Ministry for Children)—all forms of abuse on children
Phone: 0508 326 459
Victim Support—help support victims of crime 24/7
Phone: 0800 842 846
Lifeline Aotearoa—help support victims of crime 24/7
Phone: 0800 543 354 / Text: 4357
Phone: 0800 376 633 / Text: 234 / Website: youthline.co.nz
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand—helpful information on mental health resources throughout New Zealand
Phone: 09 623 4810 / Website: mentalhealth.org.nz
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