HELP, SUPPORT, AND RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
If you think that you may be a victim of Domestic Violence DO NOT USE the same computer as the abuser to search for resources and clear your site visit history. DO NOT CALL resources from a phone that the abuser has access to especially the detailed bill.
What Do if You Are Being Abused?
While you cannot stop your partner’s abuse—only he or she can do that—you can find help and support for yourself.
- Talk with someone you trust: a friend or relative, a neighbor, coworker or religious or spiritual adviser.
- Tell your Physician, Nurse, Psychiatrist or Therapist about the abuse.
- Call the National Domestic Violence 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), your State Domestic Violence Coalition, and/or a Local Domestic Violence Agency.
- Call the police if you are in danger.
- Remember, you know your situation better than anyone else. Don’t let someone talk you into doing something that isn’t right for you.
- Reports can be used in court if your abuser is charged with a crime.
- Get the Police Officers' names, Badge Numbers, and the Police Report Number in case you need a copy of the report.
- A Police Report can be used to help you get a Personal Protection Order.
Get support from friends and family
Tell your supportive family, friends and co-workers what has happened.
Find a safe place
It is not fair. You should not have to leave your home because of what your abuser has done. But sometimes it is the only way you will be safe. There are shelters that can help you move to a different City or State.
Get medical help
If you have been hurt, go to the hospital or your doctor. Domestic Violence Advocates (people that can help you) may be called to the hospital. They are there to give you support. You may ask Medical Staff to call one for you.
Medical Records can be important in court cases. They can also help you get a Personal Protection Order. Give all the information about your injuries and who hurt you that you feel safe to give.
Special medical concerns
- Sometimes you may not even know you are hurt.
- What seems like a small injury could be a big one.
- If you are pregnant and you were hit in your stomach, tell the doctor. Many abusers hurt unborn children.
- Domestic Violence victims can be in danger of Closed Head Injuries. This is because their abusers often hit them in the head. If any of these things happen after a hit to the head, get Medical Care right away.
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