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How to Respond to Domestic Violence
Things to Consider in a Domestic Violence Situation
  • If you are being beaten or anticipate an attack, leave the scene immediately. Go to a neighbor, friend, or relative for temporary shelter and notify the police.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if you are seriously injured. Even if your injuries are minor, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries may not be obvious to you. Tell the doctor exactly how the injuries happened and make sure he or she notes this in your records.
  • You may want to talk to someone who can advise you on the availability of family shelters or give you emotional support. These agencies can put you in touch with the help you need
  • Accept the fact that you can't solve the problem by fighting back or trying harder to be perfect. Instead, consider turning to the protection that is rightfully yours by law.