Recently, my garage door opener remotes stopped working. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong or how to fix it (yes, I tried replacing the batteries). I discovered a local garage door company had a trouble-shooting hotline. After answering a few questions, they walked me through some possible solutions. Together, we determined the problem and fixed it. Quick. Easy. Effective. That’s the value of a hotline.
There are helplines for all sorts of issues—from hotlines between world superpowers to ones for baking turkeys or troubleshooting garage door openers. A good hotline is direct, immediate, and offers real help for the issue we’re calling about.
Domestic violence hotlines may be the most widely advertised helpline of all, found everywhere from social media posts to billboards to subway flyers. While they offer domestic violence help, it’s mostly for victims. For individuals like me who were doing harm and looking for how to stop abuse, domestic violence hotlines offered little help.
Domestic violence hotlines mostly offer help for victims.
When I called, the staffer was respectful, said it was good that I was looking for help, and encouraged me to find a counselor. All good advice, but it was not terribly specific. Why do I react this way? How do I stop? How do I know if I’m on the right path to healing and change? If I seek counseling, how do I choose one? If I can’t afford a counselor, then what?
The Ananias Foundation exists to answer these questions and more for individuals who want to stop hurting the ones they love. We pledge to be direct, immediate (online 24/7), and offer real help for the issues you may be wondering about. While we don’t currently have a call-center, what if we did?
The Ananias Foundation exists to answer questions for individuals who want to stop hurting the ones they love.
We’d staff it with individuals who have committed acts of domestic abuse, but who have successfully changed. These courageous individuals would be an invaluable resource to others at the start of their journey by sharing their stories, answering questions, and giving advice if needed.
We plan to build that community in the near future—one where individuals seeking help can be connected to those whose are most capable of offering it. If you are looking for answers, especially for an answer you don’t find on our site, we’d like to hear from you. If you’ve already been down this road and found the joy and freedom that comes with being able to have a violence and abuse-free relationship, we want to hear from you as well. Your voice is the domestic violence help thousands who are looking for.
If you’ve found the joy and freedom that comes with a violence and abuse-free relationship, we want to hear from you.