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It is important to be honest with yourself. If you are in a relationship that is violent, it is critical to take action.
Emotional and psychological signs
If you do not feel safe searching for help online at home, use a computer at a public library to access the internet. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger or need medical help.
Intimate partner violence hotlines and websites
Shelters for persons affected by intimate partner violence
If you are a person who has experienced intimate partner violence, there are resources to help you find a temporary place for you and your children to live (shelter). The specific address of these shelters is often not known to the public.
Report assaults, threats, and stalking to the police.
Counselors and counseling centers
Counseling can help you manage difficult emotions and empower you to plan for your future safety. The topics you discuss with a counselor are private and confidential. Children of those affected by intimate partner violence might also need counseling to manage stress and anxiety.
The court system
You can work with a lawyer or an advocate to get legal protection against an abuser. Protection includes restraining orders and private addresses. Crimes against you, such as assault, can also be prosecuted through the courts. Laws vary by state.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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