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Saftey Tips for Victims of Domestic Violence
The following safety tips may be useful for women and dependent children in potentially abusive situations:
What You Can Do To Help Stop Domestic Violence
Speak Out! Denounce violence at every opportunity. Speak up against sexist attitudes and jokes; avoid movies and television shows that normalize and minimize violence against women and violence in general. Attend rallies and events that support non-violence, and particularly those that promote the elimination of violence against women and children.
Call 911. If you see a person being physically assaulted in the street or in a public place, or hear a terrible altercation going on through the wall of the apartment or townhouse next door, call 911. At least the arrival of law enforcement will diffuse the situation, and your making the call relieves the victim of the responsibility. Better safe than sorry.
Teach Our Kids. Support prevention education that promotes alternatives to violence in our schools, for all ages. But most importantly, young people form their relationship skills in adolescence; programs through Wise Options and the ywca of northcentral pa’s Community Education Department bring important information about the formation of healthy relationships to young people when they need it most.
Be Aware of Dating Violence. Many women who experience domestic violence as adults acknowledge that the violence started in their dating relationships as early as middle school or junior high. Pay close
Take Verbal and Psychological Abuse Seriously. Don’t underestimate the effects of name-calling, verbal put-downs, constant criticism and isolation on a person within an intimate relationship. Emerging data tell us that emotional and psychological abuse is often more damaging in the long term, particularly to mental health, than physical violence. In addition, victims of psychological abuse report more serious long-term direct adverse health effects than victims of physical abuse. Plus emotional abuse and psychological abuse often lead to physical abuse.
Support Victims. If you know someone who is a victim of domestic violence, listen and provide support in a nonjudgmental way. Make yourself aware of the resources Wise Options and other agencies can provide. Never turn your back on someone you know who is a victim; never ask “why don’t you just leave the relationship?” This statement is victim-blaming, and further isolates the victim. Studies show that 75% of victims eventually leave the abusive relationship. For more information about how to help a friend or family member, call Wise Options.
Place Responsibility Where It Belongs. Hold batterers accountable for their actions. Insist that their
Volunteer! Volunteer for organizations like Wise Options, whose resources are never adequate to accomplish all of their goals!
Send Money! Support financially, at whatever level, organizations such as Wise Options. Every dollar is put to use in our community to provide services for victims and their children, and education for our kids. Or, offer support by organizing a wish-list item drive at your school, workplace or house of worship.
For More Information on How You Can Help,
Domestic Violence Information Websites
Visit the following links for information on Domestic Violence and other important information:
Call 323-8167 or 1-800-326-8483
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