Getting help from domestic violence begins with understanding the warning signs. Often, victims will avoid getting help out of fear, or holding on to hope that it will get better. Unfortunately, the patterns of abuse indicate that it will not get better, and it very likely could get worse.
Know the warning signs. Does your partner…
- Embarrass you with bad names and insults?
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
- Control what you do, where you go, or who you see and talk to?
- Prevent you from getting or keeping a job?
- Control your money or social security?
- Make all the decisions?
- Call you a bad parent or threaten to leave with your children or pets?
- Threaten to harm your children or pets?
- Downplay, deny or blame the abuse on you?
- Intimidate you with weapons?
- Shove, slap or hit you?
- Force you to drop charges?
- Threaten suicide if you leave?
If you answered "yes" to even just one of the above questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. Please call us. We Can Help!
When you call us, we will first ensure that you are safe in that moment. Then, we will talk with you to determine a plan of action. Perhaps you need our emergency shelter, or maybe, you just need a listening ear. You do not have to come to our shelter in order to participate in our services. Support groups, counseling, assistance with gaining a Temporary Protective Order and other "outreach" services are available to you. We have programs in place to help you depending on your unique situation. All information is completely confidential and all services are completely free of charge.