Domestic Violence Initiative

Domestic Violence Initiative

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!! DEALING WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE !!

  • YOUR OPTIONS………………………………..
    It is normal to have a hard time deciding what to do when
    you are in an abusive relationship. You are not alone.
    There is help. Here are some options and issues you can
    consider:
    STAYING IN THE RELATIONSHIP : If you stay, you can find support and
    safety. If youre called names how can you take care of yourself
    emotionally? What friends can you trust? Is there a safe place to stay in
    case you need to leave for a few days if it gets dangerous or if you need a
    break?
    PLANNING TO LEAVE: If you might want to leave, it takes planning. How can
    you get money? Will you be safe at home? When can you leave? Will you
    take legal action? Need an attorney? How will your partner react? What
    might prevent you from leaving safely? With time and support you can
    make a plan to leave.
    LEAVING THE RELATIONSHIP: If you have decided to leave it can be a big
    life change that is scary if you are in danger. Will you have to move or
    change jobs so you cant be found? Stop talking to certain friends? Take a
    break from social media? Call the police or get a protective order? A new
    life is possible even if it is hard to imagine.
    SUPPORT AND SAFETY PLANNING: No matter what you decide you can build your support system and find ways to be safer…………….
    FOR HELP CALL….(County or State)
    Montgomery County Crisis Center 24 hr : 240-777-4000
    Prince Georges Family Crisis Center Inc: 301-731-1203
    House of Ruth, MD 24hr Hotline:410-889-7884
    State Wide 24 hr Helpline:1-800-634-3577; Emergency:911
    National Domestic Hotline : 1-800-799-7233
    Ref:”It Shouldn’t Hurt To Go Home “( Excerpts ) p18. The Domestic Violence Victims Hand Book, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.