If you are in danger call 911
If you are being hurt by your partner, it is NOT your fault. You deserve to be safe and healthy.
For help and information anytime, contact any of the following confidential hotlines:
SafeLink - 1-877-785-2020 (TTY 1-877-521-2601) - Massachusetts Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (TTY 1-800-787-3224)
National Dating Abuse Hotline - 1-866-331-9474 (TTY 1-866-331-8453)
National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Are you concerned about your relationship? Does your partner scare, criticize, or blame you? Does your partner tell you what to do and who to see? Has your partner ever hurt or threatened you, or pressured you to have sex? You are not alone. This happens to others.
Abuse happens in every culture, every country, every age group, and it may be happening to you. No one deserves to be abused or threatened. You cannot stop your partner's abuse, but you can find help and support for yourself.
What You Can Do
- Call the police if you are in danger and seek medical attention if you are hurt.
- Talk with somebody you trust such as a friend or relative, someone from your job or house of worship, or your health care provider.
- Develop a safety plan with your children including people they can call in an emergency.
- Put together an "emergency kit" for a situation where you have to leave suddenly (keys, money, legal and important documents, medicines, etc.).
- Remember that you are in charge of your own life. Don't let anyone talk you into doing something that's not right for you.
Remember: There is no excuse for domestic violence. You are not alone.
Adapted from Futures Without Violence - www.futureswithoutviolence.org