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About DV

You are not alone. We are here to help.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

If you are in an abusive relationship, or know someone who is, contact your local 24-hour domestic violence hotline to learn about all of your options, including shelter, legal assistance, support groups, and more. The hotline staff can help you create a safety plan personalized for your situation.

24-hour Hotlines

New Castle County: 302-762-6110

Kent & Sussex Counties: 302-422-8058

Abriendo Puertas: 302-745-9874

What happens if I call a domestic violence hotline?

Hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Trained staff (often called advocates) from domestic violence programs answer hotline calls and provide support.  Anyone can call a hotline.  If a person calls a domestic violence hotline, they will be connected to an advocate that can:

  • Provide them information about domestic violence
  • Provide confidential support through trained staff
  • Help them talk through what happened to them
  • Explain the options and resources available for victims, including shelter and community advocacy services
  • Answer questions they may have
  • Help them to understand and develop a safety plan
  • Help a victim get connected with domestic violence shelters

How do domestic violence programs help?

In Delaware, there are community-based programs that provide services specifically to domestic violence victims/survivors and their families, including:

  • Emergency shelter and housing for victims and their children
  • Support with understanding and navigating through the legal systems
  • Help with child care and visitation
  • Counseling and support groups for victims and children
  • Intervention programs for perpetrators

Delaware’s Domestic Violence programs can be reached through their hotline numbers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How can I talk about domestic violence with my loved ones?

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