There Is No Excuse for ABUSE
Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund survey.
Domestic violence is a systematic pattern of abusive behavior that may include:
- Threats, intimidation, or throwing/breaking of objects
- Name calling, isolation and control
- Slapping, hitting, or punching
- Grabbing, pushing, kicking, or strangling
- Forced sex
- Use of weapons
Safety Strategies for Survivors
If an incident occurs:
- Try not to be trapped in a place where there is no exit or where there may be weapons
- Call 911 and report bruises, injury, and damaged property
- Seek medical attention and have doctor note how you were injured
- Seek temporary safety at a hotel, with friends, or at a shelter
- Obtain a protective order
- Create an exit plan with your children to prepare for the next incident
- Pack a bag with clothes, important papers, money, medications and keys and keep it somewhere you can get to it if you have to leave
- Build a support system
- Get an escort to and from your car at work
- Vary your daily schedule and routes
- Find a job, start saving money and establishing credit
Bay Area Turning Point can help you plan and accomplish these goals. Call our 24-hour crisis hotline at (281) 286-2525 to schedule an appointment with one of our advocates. We can help you plan for a safe and violence-free future.
Abuse is never your fault. YOU DESERVE RESPECT.