You are not alone. It happens everywhere - in all social classes and family backgrounds. No one has the right to abuse another person, physically or emotionally. Domestic violence is a crime. There is help available.
Shelter, counseling, support groups and education, are all available from:
- YWCA Family Crisis Shelter
Suggested Safety Plan for Victims of Domestic Violence
- Always keep some money hidden.
- Have extra keys for the car and the house.
- Have important documents and items readily available:
- Bank Accounts
- Birth Certificates (Yours and Children's)
- Driver's Licence
- Insurance Policies
- Marriage License
- Social Security Numbers (His, Yours, Children's)
- Valuable Jewelry
- Have a small bag with extra clothing, such as an overnight or gym bag.
- Have items hidden in one central place, such as a garage or closet. Figure out what his pattern of behavior is during the violent stage and determine where would be best to keep the bag, should you need to leave quickly.
Above all, do not hesitate to call the police! Notify a neighbor to be alert to strange noises and call the police. Get rid of weapons in the house, especially if he becomes violent.