Bookmark these “hotline” numbers for someone in need

smartphones can dial hotlines for help when needed

Every smartphone these days has a ‘Notes’ function or Note app available. My suggestion right now is to cut and paste the following hotline numbers into a note entitled HOTLINE NUMBERS. Then, if ever needed, you’ll be able to pull it up immediately and initiate help yourself, or be able to give the number to someone who might desperately need it.

For immediate life-threatening emergencies: Call 911

For social service assistance (in many areas): Call 211

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 24/7 888–373–7888 or SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1–800–799–7233 and through chat.

The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 656.HOPE (4673) and through chat.

Runaway Hotline for children/teens who have, or are considering running away 1–800-RunAway or 1–800–876–2929

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — report an incident or fear here: 1–800-THE-LOST or online:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800–273–8255.

The StrongHearts Native Helpline for domestic/sexual violence is available 7am-10pm CT, confidential, and specifically for Native communities: 1−844–762–8483.

The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT: 877–330–6366. This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.

National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents: 1–855.4A.PARENT (1–855–427–2736).

Saved in America (a private group dedicated to recovering missing children) Their Tip Hotline is 760–348–8808.

The following numbers are local to my area, Cleveland, Ohio:

  • Cuyahoga County Regional Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline 216–443–6085
  • Sex Trafficking, Advocacy & Recovery (Project STAR) Hotline 855–431–7827
  • Bellefaire Jewish Childrens Bureau Homeless and Missing Youth Program Hotline 216–570–8010 (They are also a National Safe Place partner.)
  • For more specific to Cleveland numbers covering a range of social issues, see this article
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Originally published at Stop Human Trafficking Website.



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Doug Bardwell

Doug Bardwell


Writer & photographer in print & online. Proud husband, father & grandfather. Engaged volunteer with Red Cross, human trafficking prevention & social concerns.