Break the Cycle: H.E.R. Shelter provides 24-hour hotline for victims of dating violence

Domestic Violence Awareness

That hotline number is 757-485-3384.

Silhouettes of women are placed outside New Scotland Yard, by the British charity organization Refuge, in London, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, as part of Refuge’s campaign ‘Enough is enough’ calling for Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to include domestic abuse, domestic homicide, and sexual violence in the serious violence duty in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — As teenagers grow up, they look to enter the world of dating. However, they can often be in a rush, but experts say that can be dangerous.

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According to the CDC, millions of American teens are affected by dating violence. That violence can take many different forms, including physical, sexual, and psychological.

Experts say it can have been consequences.

Teens who experience dating violence may become depressed, antisocial, and even suicidal.

Deborah Apperson with Help and Emergency Response Inc. (H.E.R. Shelter) in Portsmouth says it’s critical that parents pay close attention to the signs that their teen’s relationship may be toxic.

“You should definitely be on the lookout for changes in behavior in your teens. you should be on the lookout for the obvious things, such as bruises and marks,” said Apperson. “The way that a boyfriend or girlfriend may talk to your child certainly is something to look out for.”

In the United States, about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) including sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“If you’re concerned about that, you can certainly call the shelter,” added Apperson. “We have a 24-hour hotline.”

That hotline number is 757-485-3384.


10 On Your Side has compiled a list of local and national resources for residents to fight and prevent domestic violence and child abuse.

In the United States, about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) including sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Domestic Violence Prevention Resources

10 On Your Side is committed to help Break The Cycle of domestic violence in Hampton Roads. 

Here is a link to all of the local groups or agencies we have highlighted. The page also shares testimonials of survivors.

Here are some local and national resources for victims in need of help.

Transitions Family Violence Services in Hampton

YWCA South Hampton Roads in Norfolk

LGBTQ Life Center in Norfolk

  • Provides: Intimate partner abuse counseling and support group, safety planning, crisis intervention and education sessions. Assistance with emergency housing and legal services. Youth services and support groups.
  • 757-640-0929
  • info@lgbtlifecenter.org

Military Family Advocacy Program in Norfolk

  • Provides: Prevention of family violence, victim safety/protection, offender accountability, rehabilitative education/counseling, and command intervention
  • 757-444-2230
  • Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate (DAVA)after hours: 757-438-4180

Avalon Center in Williamsburg

  • Phone: 757-258-5022
  • Offers transitional housing, emergency shelter, youth services, legal advice, and counseling.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline: 757- 258-5051

Samaritan House Inc. in Virginia Beach

  • Phone: 757-631-0710
  • Offers counseling, emergency shelter placement, and safety planning.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline 757-430-2120

HER Shelter in Portsmouth

  • Phone: 757-485-1445
  • Offers emergency services, court assistance, shelter, employment, housing assistance.
  • Hotline: 757-485-3384

Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Hotline number: 757-787-1329
  • Offers: an emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, individual counseling, safety planning, children’s services, legal advocacy, accompaniment during hospital visits and court appearances and support groups to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Website: https://www.escadv.org/ 

National Domestic Violence Hotline1−800−799−7233

Virginia Domestic Abuse Hotline1-800-838-8238

About 11 million women and 5 million men who reported experiencing sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime said that they first experienced these forms of violence before the age of 18.

At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year and in 2018 nearly 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States, according to the CDC.

Prevent Child Abuse America – Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others.

Child abuse and neglect are serious problems that can have lasting harmful effects on its victims. For more information on preventing child abuse and neglect check out resources from the CDC or call The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 for help.

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