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)
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