No relationship is immune from domestic violence, whether physical, psychological or sexual. If a pattern of abuse develops between you and your partner, there are ways of stopping it.
If you are a victim of abuse:
- Remember, nothing you do gives permission for another person to assault you.
- Take the problem seriously. It could happen again.
- Seek assistance from a counselor or domestic violence program in your community.
If you are being battered:
- Get yourself (and your children) to a safe place.
- Get medical attention, if necessary.
- Call the police, a local shelter program, or a crisis telephone counseling service.
If you are violent toward your partner:
- Seek counseling help to plan alternatives to violence.
- If you are abusive when drunk, remember that alcohol is not a reason or excuse for violence; it is only another part of the pattern of abuse.
If you know someone who is being abused:
- Listen and believe that it hurts.
- Offer support for the people involved, but donít support or excuse the violence.
- Encourage both partners to contact a local hotline, shelter or other community service.