Where to turn if you fall victim of violence?

Violence means any intentional mental, physical, or sexual abuse or threat of abuse against another person.

  •  Examples of mental abuse include submitting to one’s will, coercion, ignoring, silent treatment, shouting, threatening, stalking, harassing, bullying, intimidating, humiliating, name-calling, belittling, manipulating, etc.
  • Examples of physical abuse include hitting, pulling hair, deliberate shoving, restraint, beating, strangulation, use of a weapon, etc.
  • Examples of sexual abuse include unwanted sexual attention, unwanted sexual touching, sexual coercion, attempted rape or rape, sexual abuse of children, etc.
  • Violence can also include controlling behaviour, such as total control over access to shared resources, prohibiting employment or further education, deprivation of rights or restrictions on owning assets.

No one must suffer violence! If you notice that someone is suffering, help them to seek help from professionals!

For urgent questions, please contact or call:

  •  116111 Child Helpline (including in Russian) for children, young people, and adults. Free, anonymous, and 24/7. Lasteabi.ee chat is also available in Russian and English.
  • 126 (in Estonian) and 127 (in Russian) helplines
  •  16106 victim support helpline
  • 1492 helpline for women experiencing violence
  • 6314300 psychological crisis helpline (weekdays from 9:00 to 20:00)
  • 6558 088 (in Estonian), 655 5688 (in Russian) Emotional support helpline (daily from 19:00 to 07:00)

Published in the youth information portal Teeviit in 2022.

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