Help Links

Fort Refuge forums and chatrooms do not substitute for crisis hotlines or professional counseling. We care, but we are a peer community, and can't offer advice, interventions, or referrals. Please see the numbers and links below: they have trained volunteers who can help.
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Abuse:

phoneChild Abuse
Help if you're involved in abuse inflicted on a child (someone under 18yo) by an adult. It can be physical, sexual, emotional/verbal, or neglect.
Emergency - 000
Report Suspected Child Abuse:

1800 700 250 - Child Protective Services
the place to call if you're concerned about a child's safety.
1-800-843-5678 - cybertipline.org
Report online sexual exploitation of children: solicitation, trafficking, child pornography, etc - things you bump into online and have no 3D information on.
Someone to talk to:

1 800 551 800 - kidshelpline.com
Helpline and chatline for youth 5 to 25.
1 800 650 890 - headspace.org.au
Hotline and chatline for youth between 12 and 25 going through a tough time.
1 300 301 300 - parentline.com.au
Hotline and web counseling for struggling parents.
burstingthebubble.com
Practical information for kids and teens who might be abused.
raisingchildren.net.au
Information and forum for parents.
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phoneDomestic Abuse
Help if you're involved in abuse inflicted on one adult by another, while both share the same household. For example, physical abuse by an intimate partner, or abuse of elderly parent by their adult child.
Emergency - 000
Someone to talk to:

1800 737 732 - 1800respect.org.au
24/7 national helpline and chatline for domestic violence and sexual assault.
1300 364 277 - relationships.org.au
A leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. We aim to support all people in Australia to achieve positive and respectful relationships.
1300 78 99 78 - mensline.org.au
The national telephone and online support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available from anywhere in Australia and is staffed by professional counsellors, experienced in men’s issues.
1800 184 527 - qlife.org.au
LGBTQ helpline and chatline, open 7-10PM
Escaping abuse:

wesnet.org.au
A national women’s peak advocacy body which works on behalf of women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic or family violence.
hotpeachpages.net
International directory of 3d help available to victims of domestic violence: shelters, lawyers, therapy, child care, support groups, etc.
centrelink.gov.au
benefit finder, to see which benefits you qualify for.
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phoneRape and Sexual Assault
Help if you're involved in non-consensual intercourse (vaginal or otherwise), where the perpetrator forces it on the victim against their will and the victim is helpless to escape.
Emergency - 000

1800 737 732 - 1800respect.org.au
24/7 national helpline and chatline for sexual assault and domestic violence.
1800 022 222 - healthdirect.gov.au
Hotline for any health-related concerns: contraception, STD, etc.
sass.org
List of sexual assault services by location.
Sex Offender Registry
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Mental Health:

phoneSelf Inflictions
Help if you're struggling with suicide, self-harm, eating disorders, addictions, or any other non-accidental behaviors that are harmful to your body.
Emergency - 000
Someone to talk to:

1800 198 313 (Samaritans)
13 11 14 - lifeline.org
Hotline is open 24/7, chatline 7PM-4AM.
1-800 650 890 - headspace.org.au
Hotline and chatline for youth between 12 and 25 going through a tough time.
befrienders.org
worldwide directory of suicide hotlines.
Addictions:

13 78 48 (Quitline)
1800 131 350
1300 85 85 84
1800 30 40 50 (Cannabis)
1300 660 068 or 1300 368 186 (Family Drug Help)
137 848 (smoking)
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phoneEmotional Crises
Hotlines, chatlines, find-a-therapist, various other organizations that can help if you're struggling with mental health but aren't acutely suicidal.
Emergency - 000
Someone to talk to:

8999 4909
1800 61 44 34 (Anxiety and Depression)
1800 18 7263 (referrals)
1-300-22-4636 - beyondblue.org.au
Hotline, chatline, and email support for depression and anxiety.
1-800-650-890 - headspace.org.au
Hotline and chatline for youth between 12 and 25 going through a tough time.
7cups.com
24/7 free one on one chat about anything that bothers you, with someone who will listen unconditionally.
Practical help:

goodtherapy.com.au
directory of mental health professionals in Australia
BetterHelp.com
online counseling by US-licensed mental health professionals, $35-70 per week flat price, talk to your counselor as much or as little as you wish: through messages, chat, voice, or video chat.
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Tech Support

phoneFort Members and Visitors
What we offer, how to contact us, guidelines, FAQ, TOS, lost passwords, etc
Intro
Basic info on what is abuse and how Fort is supposed to help with the aftermath of it.
What we offer
All the stuff we have here at Fort at a glance.
Sitemap
List of all the pages on this website.
Public Forum
No registration necessary, feel free to post as much or as little as you wish. Helpful for those who don't really want to join our community at this time, and for those who can't, for example secondary survivors.
Guidelines
Community rules, good to read if you're considering joining us.
Privacy Policy
So that you know what we record and why.
Terms of Service
Legal stuffs.
Chats' schedule
Times, locations, and topics of next hosted chats.
Lost passwords
Link to recover your account password if you forgot it.
FAQ
All sorts of tech questions on how to use forums and chat: where to post, how to change your signature, what are the castles, etc.
Speak To Mods
Open to registered users only - a place to reach moderators if something makes it uncomfortable for you to use the site: someone is bothering you, you can't find your inbox, aren't sure why your post was moved, etc. Posts are visible to you and mod team only, and it's the best way to communicate with us.
Contact us
A way for you to get in touch with site admins; please keep in mind that we are not counselors, we only maintain this site.
phoneOnline Safety
A few pages with basics on how to stay safe online and avoid getting cyberstalked.
Cyberstalking: Why and How
Who engages in online stalking, why, how, and what to do if you are a victim of internet harassment. Real life examples and links for further reading.
Cyberstalking: Staying Safe On Abuse Support Sites
Practical tips on avoiding online harassment, stalking, and trolls, while using online support groups for abuse survivors.
Top Five Scams On Abuse Support Sites
Real life examples of cons that abuse survivors are especially vulnerable to while using online support groups.
Glossary
Words commonly used on abuse sites that might leave you puzzled.
phoneIs there a better site for me?
No site works for everyone; if Fort isn't a good match for you, see if the sites below might work better.
7cups.com
Instant chat with a "listener" about anything that bothers you. You can become a listener too, if you want to. Would work a lot better than Fort if you want to chat NOW, are looking to talk to people one-on-one, and like to give/receive advice. It's against our guidelines to tell anyone what to do, think, or feel - we believe in letting people make their own choices.
malesurvivor.org
We have a lot of male members at Fort, but some things can feel too awkward to discuss in a mixed gender community. If that's how you feel - malesurvivor.org is a busy site that has men only, so you can have some privacy for those extra sensitive issues.
christiansurvivors.com
Online community for Christian survivors of any form of abuse. We recognize that faith is a powerful healing tool for many people, but Fort is a non-denominational site, many of us have had bad experiences with religion, so we limit all religious references to one forum folder only. If you like to bring up religion in most conversations (or if you're just more comfortable with people of the same faith) - christiansurvivors.com might be a good solution.
pandys.org
Great site for survivors of rape or child sexual abuse: busy community and very good resources. Guidelines differ from Fort: no DID allowed, telling others what to do is encouraged, blocking people who get on your nerves is not allowed, foul language is OK within reasonable limits; there's a forum for supporters (aka secondary survivors) too.
survivorship.org
Community for survivors of ritual abuse, mind control, and torture. Membership is paid, but the site has some free resources too. We have a forum folder for religious abuse, but you have to be actively participating in other forums for a month to gain access to it, and the topic is off-limit in chat. Moreover, we believe that, although abuse perps often claim to have supernatural powers or secret technologies to manipulate your mind, in reality "mind control" is just not possible.
loveshack.org
Community focused on relationships, including (but not limited to) abusive ones. If you don't really want to leave your partner, but just have problems with how you're being treated (e.g. s/he lies, cheats, drinks, plays computer games too much, etc) - or if you're heartbroken after a breakup and don't know if you'll ever find love again - loveshack.org is a good place to discuss these issues.
psychopathfree.com
Community dedicated to discussing psychopaths/narcissists in your life: learning to spot them, guesstimating what they are thinking and why they act the way they do, finding ways to manipulate their behavior, etc. We do not believe in this at Fort, and it's against our guidelines to talk of anyone other than yourself, so if this is what you're into - psychopathfree.com would be a better match.
suicideforum.com
Pro-life community focused on mental health, depression, and suicide prevention. Membership is free and anonymous, open to anyone over 13yo. Suicide threats or descriptions of SI not allowed.
7 Tips On Choosing An Online Support Group
Basic things to look at, to avoid frustration and find the site that's a good match for you.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
~ Ambrose Redmoon
This page was last updated on May 21st, 2017
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