NBC News @NBCNews The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years. Jun. 19, 2019 1 min read

The National Domestic Violence Hotline received more than half a million calls, texts and online chats in 2018 — marking its busiest year ever.  https://nbcnews.to/2x2swrT  (1/5)

The 573,670 calls and other communications were a 36 percent increase from 2017, according to the hotline, which helps those experiencing domestic violence, as well as survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives after escaping their abusers.  https://nbcnews.to/2x2swrT  (2/5)

Hotline CEO Katie Ray-Jones attributed the uptick to several major news stories involving domestic violence and an evolving cultural mindset in which survivors no longer feel a need to stay silent about abuse.  https://nbcnews.to/2x2swrT  (3/5)

Laura White called the hotline in 2010 to report verbal and emotional abuse she suffered during her 6-year marriage.

“Just to have somebody to listen who kept saying ‘I know how you feel, I understand,’ that was amazing — worth so much,” she said.  https://nbcnews.to/2x2swrT  (4/5)

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, get help at  http://thehotline.org  or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE.  https://nbcnews.to/2x2swrT  (5/5) #NBCNewsThreads

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