Abusers can monitor internet use. If you think you are being watched, use a safer computer.


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Statistics

  • 4.7 million women in the US experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.
  • 1 in 4 women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 7 men will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.
  • A woman is beaten every nine seconds in the U.S.

signs of human trafficking

living and working conditions:

  • High Security measures at the work and/or living locations (boarded up windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
  • Owes a large debt and is unable to pay it off
  • Works excessively long and/or unusual house

poor mental health or abnormal behavior

  • Is fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or paranoid
  • Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior when law enforcement is brought up
  • Avoids eye contact

poor physical health

  • Lacks medical care and/or is denied medical services by employer
  • Appears malnourished or shows signs of repeated exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Shows signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture

lack of control

  • Has few or no personal possessions
  • Is not in control of their own money, no financial records or bank account
  • ​Is not in control of their own identification documents (ID or passport)

national numbers for sexual assault and domestic violence

​​Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233
Domestic Violence (TTY): 1-800-787-3224


  • Every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. Every 8 minutes, one of those is a child.
  • 1 out of every 6 women in America will be the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes.
  • At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide.
  • Almost 6 in 10 identified trafficking survivors were trafficked for sexual exploitation.



National Human Trafficking Resource Center: 1-888-373-7888


POLARIS PROJECT: 202-790-6300


For a list of hotlines by state, click here.

​Sexual assault hotline numbers

Alabama - (334) 264-0123 
Alaska - (907) 586-3650 
Arizona - (928) 373-0849 
Arkansas - (501) 246-3276
California - (916) 446-2520
Colorado - (303) 839-9999
Connecticut - (860) 282-9881
Delaware - (302) 761-9800
Florida - (850) 297-2000
Georgia - (404) 815-5261
Hawaii - (808) 733-9038
Idaho - (208) 384-0419
Illinois - (217) 753-4117
Indiana - (317) 251-7575
Iowa - (515) 244-7424
Kansas - (785) 232-9784
Kentucky - (502) 226-2704
Louisiana - (225) 372-8995
Maine - (207) 626-0034
Maryland - (301) 328-7023
Massachusetts - (617) 248-0922
Michigan - (517) 347-7000
Minnesota - (651) 209-9993
Mississippi - (601) 948-0555
Missouri - (573) 634-4161
Montana - (406) 443-7794
Nebraska - (402) 476-6256
Nevada - (775) 784-8090
New Hampshire - (603) 224-8893
New Jersey - (609) 631-4450
New Mexico - (505) 883-8020
New York - (518) 482-4222
North Carolina - (888) 737-2272
North Dakota - (701) 255-6240
Ohio - (888) 886-8388
Oklahoma - (405) 524-0700
Oregon - (503) 230-1951
Pennsylvania - (717) 728-9740
Rhode Island - (401) 421-4100
South Carolina - (803) 256-2900
South Dakota - (605) 945-0869
Tennessee - (615) 386-9406
Texas - (512) 474-7190
Utah - (801) 746-0404
Vermont - (802) 223-1302
Virginia - (434) 979-9002
Washington - (360) 754-7583
West Virginia - (304) 366-9500
Wisconsin - (608) 257-1516
Wyoming - (307) 755-5481
D.C. - (202) 232-0789

ways to assist victims/survivors of domestic violence

  • LEARN about domestic/sexual violence and sex trafficking. Know where help is available. A referral directory for anti-human trafficking organizations in the United States can be found here. Sexual assault hotline numbers for each state and Washington DC can be found on the left. National numbers are above.
  • RESPECT that there are fears, needs and concerns keeping them in this relationship. They may still love their partner and believes that they will change. Do not tell her what to do, ask her what she wants to do.
  • LISTEN to what they have to say and respect their privacy. A lack of confidentiality could result in more danger. Let them know you are concerned.
  • AVOID labeling or criticizing the abuser. Remember that the partner has not always been abusive and they may know the partner as someone who has treated them with kindness in the past.
  • UNDERSTAND that there are valid reasons for staying. The fear of worse violence, harm to pets or family members, lack of financial resources or the belief of not being able to cope alone are a few.
  • ENCOURAGE them to get help. They may not want to seek help, but show them support regardless of their decision.

Abusers can monitor internet use. If you think you are being watched, use a safer computer.

Ways to Protect yourself from Domestic Violence

  • GET HELP AND SUPPORT. Call one of the numbers listed on this webpage, or talk to someone you trust.
  • TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES. Change your online usernames and passwords on a safe computer, like a friend's or library computer.
  • GET PROOF OF ABUSE. If you plan to ask for divorce or full custody of children, you will need to go to court with enough evidence. Take pictures or record physical abuse if you can; save abusive emails or text messages; call the authorities when you suffer abuse.
  • BE READY FOR EMERGENCIES. Have an emergency bag hidden and ready to go at all times. It should contain clothes for you and/or children, a sufficient amount of money, key to the car and a spare cell phone. Make sure to bring important documents and records with you.
  • KNOW WHERE TO RUN. If you plan to stay with a relative or friend, make sure you have a key to their home. If you're leaving in an emergency, you'll need a way to get inside if they are not home.
  • GET A RESTRAINING ORDER. If the situation with your abusive partner becomes grim, you can get a restraining order.
  • CONSIDER COUNSELING. Being in an abusive relationship can take a toll on your mental health. Consider therapy and/or both individual or group counseling.