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If you are going through abuse, or if you know someone who is, tell an adult you trust. If you don’t have an adult you can turn to, you can contact a helpline. Trained, caring people are there 24 hours a day to help. They can listen and talk with you about your situation. They can suggest next steps to take. It’s free and confidential.

Here are helplines you can contact:

If you live in the United States:

If you are injured or in danger and need help right now, call 911.

If you are outside the U.S., find help near you by talking with someone at:

You deserve to be safe and protected. No one should have to go through harm, hate, or abuse. There are people who will help. There are places to find safety, feel welcome and accepted, and get the care you might need.

Medically reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: August 2023