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What You Can Do About Domestic Violence
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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.


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