How to Deal with Domestic Violence
After my husband tried to murder me, I decided I needed to understand myself. I knew that I would need help so I sought out a family therapist. Through belief in myself, my journey and my Higher Power, I found that light shines through darkness, but it takes a lot of work. So if you’re feeling your world is out of sorts, I encourage you to find your inner strength in whatever way works best for you. The following books and organizations may be of help.
SAFETY PLANNING for someone involved in an abusive relationship is a critical and necessary step. This site, part of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, covers Safety Plan Guidelines, Personal Safety with an Abuser, Getting Ready to Leave, General Guidelines for Leaving an Abusive Relationship, After Leaving the Abusive Relationship and a Printable Personal Safety Plan.
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE (1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224): This site is available every day, all day. Information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance in English and Spanish with access to more than 140 languages through interpreter services.
NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE 1-866-331-9474 : LOVERESPECT.ORG provides resources for teens, parents, friends and family, peer advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public. All communication is confidential and anonymous. If you are a teen in an abusive dating relationship or know someone who is, you can use this website to find answers to “Is this Abuse” or use links to get help.
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (MAYO CLINIC HEALTH INFORMATION): Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while. But with time and taking care of yourself, such traumatic reactions usually get better.
OFFICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME: The Online Directory of Crime Victim Services is a resource from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Since its launch in 2003, the Directory has helped thousands of crime victims and service providers find non-emergency crime victim service agencies in the United States and abroad. Search by STATE or COUNTRY.
NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding f the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.
FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE: For more than 30 years, we’ve developed innovative ways to end violence against women, children, and families at home and around the world. From domestic violence and child abuse to bullying and sexual assault, our ground breaking programs, policy developments and public action campaigns are designed to build respect and healthy relationships.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES DIRECTORY: This directory allows you to search for resources by entering your state. It provides information for men, women, LGBT, children/teens, elders, non-profits, shelters, rape crisis centers and legal help.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS GUIDE: This site offers information and links for What is Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Statistics, Warning Signs of Abuse and Violence, Stopping and Helping Domestic Violence Victims, and Domestic Abuse and Violence Resources