A Victim Of Abuse Needs To Be Safe Here's What You Should Do
A Victim Of Abuse Needs To Be Safe, Here's What You Should Do
by Rod Monarca
Domestic violence won't stop unless someone put a break to it. It is likely to happen again so if you are a victim of domestic violence, it is best to find out what you have to do to survive. Report an abusive incident and seek help. You may fear that your partner will be even more brutal when he finds out that you've let others know about your situation. This is why there are a lot of individuals and agencies willing to support you, emotionally and legally.
Call 911 or your local police. If you are a victim of abuse, do not let yourself suffer. The minute your partner put a fist on your face, report it. The police already know what to do for this type of abuse. If you think your abuser has cut off all the communications at home, HAVEN may be able to provide you with a cell phone that is programmed to only call 911.
Consider the following: (1) If you are in danger when the police come, they can protect you. (2) They can help you and your children leave your home safely. (3) They can arrest your abuser when they have enough proof that you have been abused. (4) They can arrest your abuser if a personal protection order (PPO) has been violated. (5) When the police come, tell them everything the abuser did that made you call. (6) If you have been hit, tell the police where. Tell them how many times it happened. Show them any marks left on your body. Marks may take time to show up. If you see a mark after the police leave, call the police to take pictures of the marks. They may be used in court. (7) If your abuser has broken any property, show the police. (8) The police can give you information on domestic violence programs and shelters. (9) The police must make a report saying what happened to you. Police reports can be used in court if your abuser is charged with a crime. (10) Get the officers names, badge numbers, and the report number in case you need a copy of the report. (11) A police report can be used to help you get a PPO.
Tell your family, friends and colleagues about your abusive relationship. It may be awkward and embarrassing at first, but you must realize that you are the victim here. Get support from them. They are the people who can provide shelter for you. Most importantly, staying close with relatives is the best way to do after leaving your abuser.
It is understandable not wanting to leave the home that you built. It is not fair, neither is the abuse. You should not have to leave your home because of what your abuser has done. But sometimes, it is the only way you for you to be safe. If you are a victim of abuse, find a safe place. There are shelters that can help you move to a different city or state. HAVEN can put you in touch with them.
Get medical help. If you are a victim of abuse, go to the hospital and see a doctor. There are a lot of people willing to help you call the hospital. People who are advocates to put an end to domestic violence.
In court cases, medical records are important. These records can grant you a PPO. What you need to do is to give all the information about your injuries and who specifically hurt you.
The following are the special medical concerns all the victims of abuse should note: (1) Sometimes you may not even know you are hurt. (2) What seems like a small injury could be a big one. (3) If you are pregnant and you were hit in your stomach, tell the doctor. Many abusers hurt unborn children. (4) A victim of abuse can be in danger of closed head injuries. This is because their abusers often hit them in the head. If any of these things happen after a hit to the head, get medical care right away. (5) Memory loss. (6) Dizziness. (7) Problems with eyesight. (8) Throwing-up. (9) Headache that will not go away.
Get a personal protection order (PPO). Protect yourself from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by your abuser.
Lastly, make a safety plan. Plan what to do before or when you feel unsafe. If you are a victim of abuse, your safety is the most important thing.
About the Author:
Rod Monarca supports the promotion of domestic violence awareness. You can support it too and help put an end to violence and abuse by joining the Blue Movement at http://pattiaustin.com/blue.
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