As someone with an adverse childhood who then went on to spend over fifteen years in law enforcement, I am intimately familiar with mental health and domestic violence. While I may have developed a gallows humor in regard to the darker aspects of human nature, rest assured, I take these issues very seriously. Writing has been cathartic for me, hence the reason why I write what I write... But since I do have a platform, I aim to make the most of it.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a starting point for those who—God forbid—may need it. Or if you know someone else who may need it. These resources are aimed at male victims, specifically, since male rights and advocacy are near and dear to my heart.
While the focus of the majority of these organizations is on ending domestic violence and abuse, a lot of them could simply be considered "Men's resources" in general. They include a variety of information and ways to assist men in other challenging areas of their life, such as divorce, family court, drug addictions, health, etc.
There are also resources listed specifically for American first responders (police, fire, EMS, and dispatchers). Before I "retired" from law enforcement to write full time, I co-founded a peer support program for my department. We were the first in our county to do so and we served as a model for surrounding agencies, a fact I'm immensely proud of. I know what that job does to people and I know you can come out on the other side.
Crisis Text Line
SMS Text “hello” to 741741
National Domestic Violence Hotline
SMS Text START to 88788
CHAT live at https://www.thehotline.org/
The Network/La Red (LGBTQ-specific resources)
CALL 800-832-1901 or 617-742-4911
Local resources available at https://www.thehotline.org/get-help/domestic-violence-local-resources/
To find a local shelter, go to https://www.domesticshelters.org/help#?page=1.
For more information and resources for male survivors of sexual abuse, visit https://malesurvivor.org/.
Safe Call Now
Copline (Staffed by retired law enforcement)
Veterans Crisis Line
CALL 800-273-8255, press 1
SMS Text 838255
Canadian Centre for Men and Families
CALL 647-479-9611 or 844-900-CCMF(2263)
United Kingdom & Ireland
CALL 01823 334244
Galop (LGBTQ-specific resources)
CALL 0800 999 5428
Abused Men In Scotland (AMIS)
CALL 03300 949 395
Men’s Aid Ireland
CALL 01 554 3811
One in Three Campaign offers a number of crisis hotlines.
CALL 49 800 123 99 00
If you're from an organization and would like to include your link or contact information on my site, please note that I'm only interested in compiling MEN'S resources at this time. Unless it is an organization specifically geared toward MEN, I am going to have to respectfully decline. There are many worthy causes out there and I wish I could champion them all, but I have dedicated myself to MEN and FIRST RESPONDERS and that is all I can accommodate at this time. Thank you for understanding.