2018 busiest year ever for U.S. national domestic violence hotline

2018 busiest year ever for U.S. national domestic violence hotline

(HealthDay)—The U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline had its busiest year ever in 2018, receiving 573,670 calls, texts, and online chats, a 36 percent increase from 2017.

Factors in the rise include increased awareness due to the #MeToo movement that began 2017, and allegations of domestic violence against high-profile people such as R&B singer R. Kelly and former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, hotline CEO Katie Ray-Jones told NBC News. Both men have denied the allegations.

"I wouldn't necessarily say that there's more domestic violence happening," Ray-Jones told NBC News. "I think what is happening is, there's a lot of discourse around the complexities around domestic violence now."

Since 1996, the hotline has provided 24-hour, year-round support for people affected by . In 2018, 88 percent of people who contacted the hotline reported some form of emotional and ; 60 percent said they were victims of physical abuse; 24 percent said they were experiencing ; 15 percent reported digital abuse such as constant texting, GPS stalking, and unauthorized home surveillance; and 11 percent said they were victims of sexual , NBC News reported.


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