We Are Here to Help You
If you are worried that someone you care about is heading down a path toward extremism, you are not alone. Our members have been where you are.
Parents for Peace has created an independent, non-government helpline that you can call for support at 844-49-PEACE. (That’s 844-497-3223).
Who should call the helpline?
- Anyone concerned that someone they care about is becoming involved in any kind of extremism.
- The helpline was designed with the experiences of parents in mind, but is always available to other family members or friends with concerns.
- Community members like teachers, coaches, or others who concerned about someone they know are also welcome to call.
What does the helpline do?
- We believe that family and friends have an important role to play in helping a vulnerable individual. Our goal is to help you become an effective mentor, using your established relationship as a foundation for guiding the person back onto a path toward healthy choices
- We provide a safe space to share your concerns – your privacy is important to us.
- We do our best to provide general support and constructive feedback on the challenge you are facing.
Sometimes your loved one may be facing issues that we cannot help you address. Parents for Peace doesn’t provide medical or mental health care or any other professional services and calling the helpline is not a substitute for seeking professional help. Anonymous tips, information about threats of violence, possible crimes, or emergencies should be directed to 911 or appropriate authorities.
Parents for Peace is just one many organizations established in recent years to address the challenge of violent extremism. See the links below for more information and resources you may find helpful
- Inkblot Project Toolkit– Guide created by Inkblot with input from Parents for Peace providing insight on how to help a friend you believe may be at risk of radicalization.
- CPRLV– Montreal’s Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence offers tools that can be useful for families and community members.
- Crisis Text Line – 24/7 anonymous text line where people get can support from trained crisis counselors.
- Program on Extremism– A leading research center at George Washington University producing reports and analysis on extremism in the U.S and abroad
- Extreme Dialogue– Videos and multimedia educational resources spotlighting the lives of former extremists
- Connectfutures – A UK based organization engaged developing a range of programs to build resilience to extremist thought in young people.
- Serve2Unite– A creative service learning project for students inspired by PFP members Arno, a former violent extremist, and Pardeep, a survivor of violent extremism
- WORDE– A Maryland based non-profit that develops programs and educational resources to counter radical ideologies.
- International Cultic Studies Association– Resources for concerns about cult involvement that may also be helpful for concerns about extremist groups
- Mothers for Life– A global alliance of mothers who have experienced violent jihadist radicalization in their own families
- Life After Hate – Founded by former members of violent white-supremacist movements, they work to counter hate and help people leave extremism behind.
- EXIT-Germany– An initiative assisting individuals who want to leave extreme right-wing movements and start a new life
- “Sisters Against Violent Extremism” – A global network based in Austria that provides women with the tools to challenge extremist thinking and terrorism
- “People Against Violent Extremism” – A grassroots Australian non-profit working to counter extremism, including through short educational films.
- Freedom of Mind Resource Center – A consulting and coaching service that helps families reconnect with estranged loved ones and assists people caught up in cults
See the story of PFP founders Melvin and Monica, who struggled to intervene on their own before these kinds of resources existed.