Are You Being Abused?
Crisis Line 419-241-7386
DOES YOUR PARTNER
- Keep track of your time, where you go, and who you’re with?
- Prevent you from seeing family and friends?
- Prevent you from getting a job?
- Harass you at work?
- Threaten you or your pets or belongings?
- Force you to have sex or do sexual acts you’re uncomfortable with?
- Put you down or call you names?
- Hit, shove, choke or kick you or throw objects at you?
IF IT’S HAPPENING TO YOU
- Get somewhere safe.
- Call the police.
- Get medical attention if needed.
- Call the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter crisis line at 419-241-7386 for support, referrals or information on coming to the Shelter.
- Get legal advice or advocacy.
- File criminal charges at Municipal Court and request a Temporary Restraining Order, or
- File for a Civil Protection Order at Family Court.
- Get support from a counselor or support group.
- Call the Battered Women’s Shelter crisis line for more information about any of these steps.
IF IT’S HAPPENING TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW
- Listen, support, and don’t judge her. Even if you may not agree with the decisions your friend is making, she may be doing the best she can to stay alive.
- Tell her it’s not her fault, that no one deserves to be abused, and that she’s not alone.
- Give her the number of the Shelter crisis line and let her know about support groups.
- Call the crisis line for more information about how you can help.
- For a detailed definition of Domestic Violence.