a crime to threaten or hit another person. If you are the victim of domestic
violence, you have the right to protect yourself and to expect help from others.
stay in your home. Doing nothing solves nothing. Go to a friend, neighbor, or
shelter is available for battered persons and their children. The important
thing is to get to a safe place as quickly as possible!
you are in a battering relationship, you cannot control the situation, therefore
it is important to report any assault or battery to the police department by
calling 9-1-1 immediately.
sooner you report a battering the better. By allowing others to become involved
you are helping yourself, and helping the batterer.
there is enough evidence against your assailant, an arrest will be made. There
will be an arraignment before a judge and bail will be set.
bond is posted, the batterer will be released until a pre-trial hearing is held.
It is common for victims to fear for their safety during this time. You are a
witness in the case, and tampering with a witness is a crime. If you are
harassed or threatened by anyone regarding the case, report it to the police and
ask that action be taken.
prosecution and/or civil action (divorce or separation) are options for any
the batterer is unable to admit there is a problem. Counseling is only helpful
if both partners want help and are motivated to work together. If the abuse is
habitual or extremely violent, the batterer may need long term therapy.
the batterer refuses to seek help, it is unlikely the beatings will stop.
Statistics show the beatings will become more and more severe. Protect yourself.
you are planning to set up a separate residence, do some planning in advance and
locate resources to support you in the first few weeks. Check with private
social service agencies, churches or the battered women's shelters.
Don't be ashamed to ask for help!
If you are a female and find yourself in a situation where you do not feel that you have a safe place to turn for help...
You do have SOMEPLACE SAFE you can go.