The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH)

Phone: (312) 726-7020Website:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)Website:

Experiencing abuse can affect how we feel and how we respond to other people and the world around us. If someone is abusing you, you might feel scared, hurt, sad, confused, angry, embarrassed, or hopeless. Many people have feelings like these when they are being abused or after leaving an abusive relationship.

The person who harms you may say something is wrong with you, that you are “crazy,” or that no one will believe you because of your mental health or substance use history.

They may force you to use alcohol or other substances, control your access to those substances, or interfere with your access to recovery supports. You might use alcohol or other substances to survive and cope with the abuse.

To learn more about how abuse might affect your mental health and resources that can help, click on one of the links to the left.