For some victims of domestic violence, picking up the phone for help is impossible or unfathomable. So hotlines are offering tech-focused tools to encourage survivors to reach out.
"It's easier to throw things over the digital wall," Brian Pinero, director of digital services for the non-profit National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), told NBC News. "People will open up and talk in ways they never would if they were speaking aloud. And they might never get an hour, even 20 minutes, uninterrupted on the phone."