Domestic violence is a big problem in this country; it’s the leading cause of injury for women aged 15 to 44. The best way to help stop domestic violence or prevent it from happening to you is to remember the steps listed below and try to utilize them should the situation arise.
How can I help prevent domestic violence?
You don’t have to be a super hero in order to help prevent domestic violence. Ways you can help stop this crime include:
• Not being afraid to call the police if you suspect or witness evidence of domestic violence
• Tell your family member, friend, coworker or neighbor about a domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect that she is being abused
• Encourage your neighborhood watch program to be on the alert for domestic violence as well as more typical crimes such as burglary
• Listening to the testimonies of Christian women speakers and learning how you can support abused women.
If I’m in an abusive relationship, how do I get out?
The most important step is to make sure that you are safe. Contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or your local domestic violence crisis center can be a great first step in making sure that your escape will be safe. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to these organizations, you could discuss an escape plan with a trusted friend.
I’m scared to call the police. Should I?
If someone is harming or threatening to harm you, you don’t need to hesitate to call 911. Your abuser could face consequences for his actions including arrest and conviction for domestic violence. If you really don’t feel comfortable bringing the law into the equation, see if a friend can house you temporarily while you sort things out.
I don’t feel safe at home. What should I do?
If you have been abused recently and need to leave the home you share with your abuser at once, you should contact your local domestic violence crisis center to find out how you can enter their program or take advantage of their confidential motel voucher program.
I was able to escape from my abuser. How can I keep him from coming after me?
You should consider getting a protection order from your local court house; this will ensure that you will have legal protection if your abuser gets closer than a certain number of feet near you.