Interpersonal Safety

Headline:

President Biden has signed a bill that will eliminate the statute of limitations for people who were sexually abused as minors to file civil claims.

Last-reviewed: 9am, Sept. 22, 2022

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
  • On July 16, 2022, the new 988 mental health, suicide prevention, and crisis response hotline launched nationwide. Learn more here.
  • Interpersonal safety resources address intimate partner violence, domestic violence, abuse and neglect of children, older adults, and persons with disabilities.
  • The National Network to End Domestic Violence offers a variety of recommendations and resources for advocates.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers a chat option, as well as a range of helpful resources, including an interactive online safety planning tool. Note: call/chat volume is unusually high.
  • This resource links to national hotlines that may be able to help navigate local resources.
  • On June 25, 2022, President Biden signed into law bipartisan gun safety legislation, the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades.
  • On September 16, 2022, President Biden signed a bill that will eliminate the statute of limitations for people who were sexually abused as minors to file federal civil claims.

The Breakdown

IPV
  • The National Resource Center for Reaching Victims provides resources for survivors of violence. 
  • WomensLaw.org provides state-specific contact information for advocates in local DV programs, legal assistance organizations, courthouse locations, and sheriff departments.
  • For help from culturally specific institutes, check the Administration for Children and Family’s website for a list of organizations. 
  • The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention offers resources on addressing intimate partner violence.
  • Resources specific for LGBTQ communities here
  • Deaf or hard of hearing survivors can contact advocates 24/7 by video phone: 855-812-1001; an informative ASL video (with subtitles) is available here.
  •  Resources for Abuse or Neglect of Persons with Disabilities. 
  • Among other measures, the recent bipartisan gun safety bill closes the “boyfriend loophole,” prohibiting anyone convicted of domestic violence against a former or current dating partner from purchasing a firearm.
  • The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers state-by-state statistics and a range of intimate partner and domestic violence fact sheets that may be helpful.
Elder Abuse
COVID-19

The Bottom Line

  • Community-based organizations continue to provide vital resources for individuals experiencing safety concerns.