If You Become a Victim of Domestic Violence
- Call the police or sheriff.
- Make sure you are safe from another beating. Whenever you believe you are in danger, leave your home and take your children with you. Also take important papers such as your birth certificate, vehicle registration, etc.
- Get medical attention. Don’t try to treat yourself; you may be injured much more seriously than you realize.
- Seek assistance. Whether or not you file charges against your batterer, you may need to talk to a professional about your situation. Contact your local battered women's shelter, women's support group or victims' assistance center.
- Save all the evidence (proof) you can. (You may even want to take photographs of your injuries.) Whether or not you file charges now, you may later change your mind and will need proof that you have been assaulted.
A Way Out
Everyone has the right to be safe from threats and beatings -- but you must take that first step. Once you recognize that it Isn't your fault and it is possible to change your situation, seek the help you need to correct your situation.