Hotline Connects Beatrice to Safety and Support for Herself and Her Young Son

Photograph of a mother holding her baby.As a young woman, Beatrice thought that she had married her Prince Charming: a successful lawyer from her hometown. When he asked her to relocate with him so that he could pursue a job opportunity, she did not hesitate. She left her family, her social circle, and her own private practice. A year later, Beatrice became pregnant. Over the course of her pregnancy, her husband became unbearably controlling and verbally abusive. During her second trimester, he hit her.

When her son was born with mental and physical challenges, Beatrice began desperately searching for ways to protect him from his father. There was little that she could do, however, with no career of her own and no way to provide for his special needs. It was then that she first sought help from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a project of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSP), a part of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families.

Hotline advocates were able to assist Beatrice in finding shelter and legal advocacy for custody issues. They also helped to track down transportation so that she and her son could return to her home state. There, Beatrice was able to rebuild her private practice with the help of her family and friends, who now lived close enough to provide childcare and emotional support. 

“Thank you,” Beatrice expressed to Hotline advocates. “Because of you, I finally have my happy ending!”

Since its launch in 1996, advocates from the National Domestic Violence Hotline have answered more than 2.5 million calls from victims and survivors of domestic violence, their family members and friends, and those working on their behalf. Advocates provide a vital link to information, referrals, and safety for callers across the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. This advocacy is offered anonymously, confidentially and free of charge; it is provided along with additional information and resources located on the Hotline’s website

Caring, supportive and well-trained Hotline advocates can be reached at: 1-800-799-7233(SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224.

To learn more about the National Domestic Violence Hotline, visit the FVPSP webpage.