I you are being threatened, abused or hurt:
GET TO SAFETY IMMEDIATELY (a police station, fire house, hospital, house of worship, school, someplace where there is a crowd)
IF YOU CAN, TAKE ANYONE ELSE WHO IS LIKELY TO BE HARMED WITH YOU
DO NOT RETURN. GO TO A SHELTER.
You Will Get Counseling And Services, In The Safety Of People Who Care, Even If You Have No Money Or Way To Earn A Living.
National Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 799-7233
If you are experiencing abuse, call the national hotline at (800) 799-7233. They provide information on local resources to help victims find a path to safety, independence, and healing from abuse. Call and speak up for yourself or for someone who can’t.
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive tactics used by one person to establish and maintain power and control over the victim. The coercive tactics can include:
• emotional abuse
• psychological abuse
• economic abuse
• physical abuse
• sexual abuse
In other words, abuse is any behavior that seeks to deprive its victim of the independence
and respect that the abuser demands for him/herself in the relationship.
The Warning Signs of Abuse
Ask yourself – does your intimate partner…
• Isolate you from family and friends?
• Put you down?
• Try to control what you do, spend, say or wear?
• Deny you access to money or financial assets?
• Blame you for everything wrong in the relationship?
• Accuse you over and over of being unfaithful?
• Force you into sex when—or in ways—you don’t like?
• Threaten you, the children, family, pets — or self?
• Shove, hit, kick, bite, slap, punch or hurt you?
If any of this is happening to you, reach out for help.
Call the hotline at (800) 799-7233.
You are not alone.