Resources

Welcome to our resource directory! If you cannot find the help you’re looking for using these resources, or are in need of resources outside the U.S., please feel free to contact us at thesystemisbrokenblog@yahoo.com. We will do everything we can to help! If you are currently in an abusive situation and need help quickly, please write, “URGENT” in the subject line of your e-mail. Please understand that it may take us several days to respond, although we will always attempt to respond to messages marked, “URGENT” as quickly as possible. We want you to feel comfortable contacting us, and will not contact the authorities without your consent if you inform us that you are considering suicide or that you are being abused (regardless of your age). However, if you inform us about a minor (other than yourself) who is at risk of abuse, we may choose to report this, at our discretion. We cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any messages sent over the Internet due to the potential for hacking, but will certainly do our part to protect your privacy.

 

Resources are labeled as follows:

D- This resource is trauma-aware and sensitive to dissociative survivors, including those with DID.

16+- This resource is only for those who are at least sixteen years old.

18+- This resource is only for those who are at least eighteen years old.

Any confidentiality policies that we are aware of for any given resource will be written in green.

 

Child Abuse

National Child Abuse Hotline- 800-4-A-CHILD- This hotline is available 24/7 to help children who are being abused and people who are concerned about them explore their options and to provide support for survivors.  Hotline counselors are mandated reporters, and may call the authorities about any “eminent or present danger.”

Child Abuse Reporting Numbers- http://www.childhelp.org/page/-/pdfs/CPS-Phone-Numbers.pdf- This is a list of numbers to report child abuse to CPS or the equivalent authority in your state.  Child abuse reports can be made anonymously, but, typically, have more credibility when the caller identifies himself.

Fort Refuge- http://www.fortrefuge.com– This is an online support community for survivors of child abuse. It is both inclusive of dissociative survivors in all areas of the site and has groups specific to those with DID. 16+ D Moderators will report an “imminent threat” of suicide, such as someone announcing that they are in the midst of a suicide attempt or definitely intend to kill themselves and have the means to do so, and will report ongoing child abuse when the child is unable/unwilling to tell anyone else about the abuse.  It is also possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own outside these guidelines.

Adult Children of Alcoholics- http://www.adultchildren.org/Meetings.php- This is a searchable database of ACA meetings, which provide support, understanding, and 12-step recovery for adults who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional families. 18+ 12-step programs ask their members to maintain absolute anonymity. It is always possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own, but this is incredibly unlikely.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous- http://siawso.org/Default.aspx?pageId=7166- This is a searchable database of SIA meetings, which provide support, understanding, and 12-step recovery for adults who were sexually abused as children. 18+ D 12-step programs ask their members to maintain absolute anonymity. It is always possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own, but this is incredibly unlikely.

 

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline- 800-799-7233, TTY 800-787-3224 or http://www.thehotline.org- This 24/7 hotline (live online chat is only available between 10 AM and 8 PM EST) can help victims with safety planning, support, and locating counseling and shelters near them.  Hotline counselors are mandated reporters of child abuse.  We are unsure of the confidentiality of this hotline regarding suicide.  

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women- 888-743-5754- This 24/7 hotline provides crisis intervention and referrals to counseling and emergency shelter for both male and female victims of intimate partner violence.

Fort Refuge- http://www.fortrefuge.com– This is an online support community for survivors of child abuse. It is both inclusive of dissociative survivors in all areas of the site and has groups specific to those with DID. 16+ D Moderators will report an “imminent threat” of suicide, such as someone announcing that they are in the midst of a suicide attempt or definitely intend to kill themselves and have the means to do so, and will report ongoing child abuse when the child is unable/unwilling to tell anyone else about the abuse.  It is also possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own outside these guidelines.

 

Psychiatric Abuse

MindFreedom Shield- Become a member of MindFreedom International at http://www.mindfreedom.org/member-folder/join-donate and then, join MindFreedom Shield at http://www.mindfreedom.org/campaign/shield. This program allows you to immediately alert MindFreedom International to any forced psychiatric interventions you are dealing with or being threatened with so they may send out a human rights alert, prompting MFI members to call clinicians, hospitals, or politicians on your behalf.

 

Sexual Assault

National Sexual Assault Hotline- 800-656-HOPE or https://ohl.rainn.org/online/ to access the online hotline- These 24/7 hotlines provide callers with emotional support and help with safety planning.  Many crisis centers that answer hotline calls will call the authorities regarding callers who they deem to be a danger to themselves, or about abuse of a child, whether or not those callers provide a name, address, or other identifying information.

Rape Crisis Centers- http://centers.rainn.org/- This is a searchable database of rape crisis centers.

Survivors of Incest Anonymous- http://siawso.org/Default.aspx?pageId=7166- This is a searchable database of SIA meetings, which provide support, understanding, and 12-step recovery for adults who were sexually abused as children. 18+ D 12-step programs ask their members to maintain absolute anonymity. It is always possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own, but this is incredibly unlikely.

Fort Refuge- http://www.fortrefuge.com– This is an online support community for survivors of child abuse. It is both inclusive of dissociative survivors in all areas of the site and has groups specific to those with DID. 16+ D Moderators will report an “imminent threat” of suicide, such as someone announcing that they are in the midst of a suicide attempt or definitely intend to kill themselves and have the means to do so, and will report ongoing child abuse when the child is unable/unwilling to tell anyone else about the abuse.  It is also possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own outside these guidelines.

Pandora’s Aquarium- http://pandys.org/join.html- This is an online support community for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. 16+ D Membership in this community is confidential, and reporting members to the authorities is described by a board moderator as “not usually even an option,” although moderators reserve the right to report child abuse, as well as individuals who “pose a significant risk of serious injury or death” to self or others.  It is also possible that an individual member may decide to contact the authorities on his own outside these guidelines.

 

Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 800-273-TALK or http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx– This is a 24/7 hotline that connects callers to their nearest suicide prevention agency to speak with a crisis counselor. The online crisis chat is only open from 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM EST.  Many crisis centers in the lifeline network will call the authorities regarding callers who they deem to be a danger to themselves.

Samaritans Crisis Hotlines- http://www.samaritansusa.org– This link provides information about the Samaritans’ crisis hotlines in the US and help finding the one closest to you.  If there is no Samaritans hotline in your area, the Massachusetts statewide hotline (877-870-4673) and the Cape Cod hotline (508-548-8900) welcome callers from other states and countries.  Samaritans hotlines tend to be the most confidential of all suicide hotlines, but individual policies differ by agency.  The Rhode Island hotline (401-272-4044), the New Hampshire hotline (877-583-8336), the New York City hotline (212-673-3000), and the hotline serving Cape Cod (508-548-8900) appear to have a policy to not contact the authorities without a caller’s permission.  The Cape Cod hotline has further specified that it has no caller ID and no way to trace where a call came from, and defines itself as “completely anonymous and confidential.”  The Massachusetts statewide hotline (877-870-4673) will call the authorities if a caller “appears to be at imminent risk of death,” (ie. someone who calls while in the middle of a suicide attempt or while holding a loaded weapon) and more specific information about confidentiality issues can be found at http://samaritanshope.org/our-services/247-crisis-services/.  The hotline serving the Greater Lawrence, Greater Haverhill, and Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts does not use caller ID, but will, “very rarely,” contact authorities about callers.  

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