Vital phone numbers

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If you need help…

If you are experiencing an emergency situation as a victim of domestic violence, child sexual abuse or rape, the first and quickest call you can make is 911. The local dispatcher who answers can get you the phone number for a local battered women’s shelter, the hospital, a police officer or even a counselor who can help you.

Please don’t let fear, embarrassment or shame stop you from making that call. It may just be the first step that changes your life!

Other agencies are listed below, with either a URL address or a phone number. Anyone at these numbers will be more than happy to listen to you and direct you to someone who can help, if they cannot personally do so themselves. If you are from another country, please check your phone book for the local equivalent to our emergency 911 system here in the United States.

National Contacts
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
West Virginia State Contact
West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Morgantown, W.Va. Area Contact
Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center
Monongalia County: 304-292-5100
Preston County: 304-329-1687
Taylor County: 304-265-6534

For an agency in your state, or for other resources and information
Family Violence Prevention Fund
Journal of the American Women’s Medical Association
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
To assess your level of danger:
(This useful tool was developed by Dr. Jackie Campbell at Johns Hopkins University for use by health professionals).
NOTE: As time goes on, we will be adding more contact and/or resource information. If you know of an agency or phone number that should be listed, please submit it in a post on this site.

Daleen Berry

Daleen Berry

Daleen Berry (1963- ) is a New York Times best-selling author and TEDx speaker who was born in sunny San Jose, California, but who grew up climbing trees and mountains in rural West Virginia. When she isn't writing, she's reading. Daleen is also an award-winning journalist and columnist, and has written for such publications as The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and XOJane. Daleen has written or co-written eight nonfiction books, including her memoir, "Sister of Silence," "The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese," "Pretty Little Killers," "Cheatin' Ain't Easy," "Tales of the Vintage Berry Wine Gang," "Shatter the Silence," and "Appalachian Murders & Mysteries," an anthology. In 2015, West Virginia University placed "Sister of Silence" and "Guilt by Matrimony" on its Appalachian Literature list. You can follow her blog here: Or find her on Facebook and Twitter, as well as email her at daleen(dot)berry(at)gmail(dot)com. She loves to hear from readers.


Betty Barber

Betty Barber · February 6, 2006 at 12:59 PM

Daleen, I just have to tell you how professional and sophisticated and respectful your website looks!!! I could spend hours looking it over! (I probably will).
I’m honored to know someone so intense, such a deep thinker, someone so honest and someone who isn’t afraid to speak up to help others who have gone through the same junk you have had to endure. How wonderful to see you turn something so terrible into a tool for helping others. I suppose it must be therapeutic for you too.
You truly are one of a kind!

Cathie Scaife

Cathie Scaife · March 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Very interesting read. Thanks.

Legal Sounds

Legal Sounds · April 17, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

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