Stop Violence Against Women! How To Get Help!

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No one deserves to be abused.

If you are in an abusive situation, seek help and advice as soon as you safely can. There are many resources available to help you. The first step to getting out of an abusive situation may be as easy as making one phone call. In an emergency situation, call 911, your local emergency number or your local law enforcement agency.

If you aren't in immediate danger, the following resources can help:
•National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE, or (800) 799-7233.

Provides crisis intervention and referrals to in-state or out-of-state resources, such as women's shelters or crisis centers.

•Your doctor or hospital emergency room. Treats any injuries and refers you to safe housing and other local resources.

•Local women's shelter or crisis center.

Typically provides 24-hour, emergency shelter for you and your children, advice on legal matters, advocacy and support services, and evaluation and monitoring of abusers.

Some shelters have staff members who speak multiple languages.

•Counseling or mental health center.

Most communities have agencies that provide individual counseling and support groups to women in abusive relationships.

Be wary of advice to seek couples or marriage counseling.

This isn't appropriate for resolving problems of violence in intimate relationships.

•Local court.

Your district court can help you obtain a court order, which legally mandates the abuser stay away from you or face arrest.

These are typically called orders for protection or restraining orders.

Advocates are available in many communities to help you complete the paperwork and guide you through the court process.

•Books and online resources.

Learning more about how to cope with your situation and communicating with others who understand what you're going through can help you make strong choices.

In Haiti make sure you have a weapon at your disposal and some pepper spray to defend yourself with. A stun gun might help to give you time to run or call for help. Arrange with a male member of your family to give you aid in advance if you find yourself in a domestic violence situation.

Stop The Cycle of violence.

Your sons will become abusers themselves if you do not leave such relationship.

Lionne Club, January 23 2008, 2:18 PM

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