If you are being
threatened, abused or hurt:
KNOW THAT IT IS NOT OK!
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. To find one CLICK here, enter your zip code toward the top of the page. Scroll down to Domestic violence and click for a list near you.
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 –
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 the victim of their 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 and it IS NOT your fault.
Non-VA LOCAL HELP
Know A Vet presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.
Please feel free to use the check sheets Before, During and After the Medical Appointment at https://www.knowavet.org/before-during-and-after-a-medical-appointment/and Choosing a Medical Service Provider, at https://www.knowavet.org/choosing-a-medical-service-provider/, to help you in your search for the best help for your individual circumstances.
In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs. A VSO counselor https://www.knowavet.org/office-of-vet-services/ may be able to help you find them.