What can I do if I am a victim of violence?

If you are in a violent relationship right now, there are things you can do that may help you to be safer: ensure the safety of your children, if you have any; and work toward ending the relationship, if that is what you want to do. No answer is right for all battered women. Overall, your safety can increase as you become more aware, inform others, find support, and implement a safety plan. Here are some things you can do to take care of yourself during an attack:

  • Stay as calm as possible
  • Try to shield yourself, especially your head and stomach
  • If you are able, and if it will not put you at greater risk, call 911 and get emergency assistance
  • Do the best you can to end the attack with the least amount of injury
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