2018 busiest year ever for U.S. national domestic violence hotline

(HealthDay)—The U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline had its busiest year ever in 2018, receiving 573,670 calls, texts, and online chats, a 36 percent increase from 2017.

Factors in the rise include increased awareness due to the #MeToo movement that began 2017, and allegations of domestic violence against high-profile people such as R&B singer R. Kelly and former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, hotline CEO Katie Ray-Jones told NBC News. Both men have denied the allegations.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say that there’s more domestic violence happening,” Ray-Jones told NBC News. “I think what is happening is, there’s a lot of discourse around the complexities around domestic violence now.”

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