Long-awaited Crisis Line Now Available to Girls Facing Honor Violence in the US

Imagine for just a moment that you are a typical teenager thinking about normal issues. Your mind goes to that amazing person you’ve got a crush on, then, to college entrance forms you still need to submit, and back to that crush. Now imagine that you are Untitled-1also frightened because your parents have found out about your love interest and are furious. They have told you that not only are you forbidden to date, but that very soon you’ll be married to a stranger twice your age. You have also been warned, in no uncertain terms, that the consequences for defying their wishes will be severe – you’ll be imprisoned at home, pulled out of school, and physically punished.

What would you do? Where would you go for help?

Many of the thousands of women and girls facing honor violence in the US each year have not had assistance finding answers to these questions. Until now.

The AHA Foundation is proud and excited to announce the launch of the first ever US helpline for women and girls facing honor violence and forced marriage. We could not have done this without friends like you!

To speak anonymously with a compassionate,

non-judgmental Crisis Counselor for free 24/7,

individuals facing honor violence and forced marriage can now

text FREE to 741-741.

Texts are private and secure. 

While in some Western European countries such helplines have been available for quite some time, in the US such a helpline has just now become available after years of hard work. Women and girls in the US now have an easy, fast and most importantly safe way to seek help. They can contact trained professionals in a discreet way, without notifying their abuser that they are reaching out – and they can send a request for help right away, no matter the time. A text line gives these girls a chance to take charge of their lives and escape violence in an easy and immediate way.

To ensure as many women and girls as possible are aware the text line is an available resource to them, the AHA Foundation plans to post public service announcements around the country, in magazines and major transit hubs such as airports, buses and subways. Our sister organizations, working together with us to fight forced marriage in the US, and to respond to women and girls at risk, will also promote the helpline to raise awareness. You can also help by spreading the word in your community.

This long-awaited lifeline for women and girls fleeing violence is also a crucial tool for collecting data on the number of women and girls facing honor violence in the US. Currently, no government agency tracks this information; with reliable data, collected completely anonymously, the AHA Foundation will be better positioned to demand and bring critical resources and awareness to these issues and persuade politicians to enact legislation that protects victims and women and girls at risk.

Rather than feeling powerless and afraid, women and girls across the US have the resources to reach out for immediate help – thanks to your partnership!

Please renew your support of the AHA Foundation today to help promote the helpline to women and girls around the nation and fuel other life-saving programs.

11 Comments

  1. The AHA Foundation says:

    Hi! Please email our info account at [email protected] for more information about meetings. Thanks!

  2. nzee says:

    is there any way to meet someone face to face?

  3. Mary says:

    This is fantastic news! Thank you for all you do to help girls and women. Is there a similar helpline in Canada? If you know of one, I would like to help share this important information. Many thanks.

  4. John Coelho says:

    This an incredibly positive development

  5. aliyah says:

    i am a somali gurl (ex muslim) , i think ayaan is doing a great job! this can help lot of young girls and women.

  6. […] things that should be considered are creating mental health facilities, help centers, and hotlines, such as the one recently launched by the AHA Foundation, for young women facing danger from their own families. And lastly police sensitivity training and […]

  7. […] one of the most successful years for the AHA Foundation since its inception in 2007. We launched a textline for women and girls experiencing honor violence and forced marriage who can now seek professional help 24-7. We also […]

  8. Who can I alert when I see something that makes me feel afraid for a probable child bride / trafficing situation. Please view the FB post: https://www.facebook.com/prince92great/videos/974229965980972/ It makes me uncomfortable – people are reposting it and giving it a large reach. 1,324,704 Views I am nervous partiallly just from seeing the video – but this guys page is pretty damning with spousal abuse promoted. How fun hoax bombs are. It is scary that this stuff is just okay. It scares me even more that Westerners – women even, are reposting his advertisment of this child. FB is not going to do anything. She is probably not in the US. It still hurts my heart.

  9. Lawrence B Erdile PhD says:

    Trained in clinical. Can you use my help?

  10. Wiola says:

    So proud of you Ayaan I support you from bottom my heart and all women which need this

  11. Thank you for doing this important work, it will certainly make the world a better place for all of us. I hope that there are plans in the works to support girls and women who are facing forced genital mutilation. This will lay a path to protect all children from forced genital mutilation. Thank you again.

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