A Resource for Victims of Domestic Violence

Becoming a victim of domestic violence is unfortunately all too common. Sometimes, impacted individuals hesitate to find help, because they feel embarrassed or ashamed of the situation. Connecting with domestic violence resources and support services is a helpful step towards increased safety and decreased feelings of shame and isolation.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence does not discriminate. It is an issue across race, gender, socio-economic status and age. The number of victims is shocking and the frequency of incidents comes as a surprise to most people. These are the basics:

Resources for Domestic Violence Victims

If you become a victim of domestic violence, there are a wide range of support services available to you. Any or all of these resources are prepared to assist you with medical care, making safe living arrangements and navigating the legal system. If you are concerned about a loved one, these resources also offer tools and education to help you help others.

Most important: if you are in immediate danger, call 911 and/or go directly to the nearest emergency room.

Domestic Violence Shelter Basics

When you contact a domestic violence hotline, one of the priorities is to ensure your safety. Sometimes, that means moving to a domestic violence shelter for a period. Hotlines will put you in touch with the shelters in your area, helping you to secure a bed and make all necessary arrangements.

The idea of living in a domestic violence shelter can be frightening, even when you know it is the best way to stay safe. Knowing what to expect can ease the transition. These are answers to a few of the most common questions:

  • The shelter location is typically not publicized, and you will probably be asked to keep the address confidential. This ensures your safety and the safety of other residents and staff.
  • The shelter does not expect you to pay for their services.
  • Shelters will assist you with transportation needs.
  • Shelters offer support services for children.
  • Most shelters do not allow pets, but they may offer assistance with making arrangements for your pet's care.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are many resources available to help you. Reach out to support services to better understand your options.