Where can I go for help?
It is important to remember that you are not alone. Whether you’re in an emergency situation, are seeking a lawyer, or simply want more information on domestic violence services, there are resources available to you.
What should I do in a crisis situation?
In a crisis situation, call 911 or the police.
Many hospitals and social service agencies help victims of domestic violence. Look in the Yellow Pages under “domestic violence help,” “domestic violence shelters,” “human services organizations,” or “crisis intervention” or search these terms and your locality on an Internet search engine. In addition, every state has a coalition against domestic violence. These coalitions can be valuable resources for victims of domestic violence seeking services and referrals. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-787-3224 TTD for immediate help.
It is important that you develop a safety plan to protect yourself and your children in the case of an emergency. Agencies, advocates, and shelters that assist victims of domestic violence can help you develop your safety plan. It is also important to update your safety plan as needed to address changing circumstances or new concerns.
Where can I find a lawyer?
Many state, county, and city bar associations operate lawyer referral and information services. These programs can provide you with information on the legal system and refer you to a private attorney with expertise in family law. Check in the phone book under the name of the bar association or in the Yellow Pages under “lawyer referral services,” or access www.abanet.org/legalservices/public.html. Depending on your income, you may qualify for free or reduced-cost legal services. Check with your local bar association, look in the Yellow Pages under “legal aid,” “legal assistance,” or “legal services,” or access the Internet site above.
Where can I get more information about domestic violence services and resources?
A national information and referral center is the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, www.ncadv.org or 303-839-1852. The National Coalition maintains a listing of state coalitions against domestic violence that can be accessed from their Web site. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or 1-800-787-3224 TTD for immediate help. There may also be a local hotline number in your area, which you can get by calling 1-800-799-SAFE.
Many communities offer shelters for battered women and their children. Details on these shelters are available from the police, crisis intervention services, hospitals, churches, family or conciliation courts, departments of health and human services, or women's organizations such as the local or state chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Other websites with good information/resource links include the following: (Clicking on the following will launch new browser windows.)
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Shelter Tour & Info. Site The Family Violence Prevention Fund -- non-profit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention and public policy reform. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Domestic Violence Handbook -- online version of the book created through the efforts of the Oakland County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (in Michigan).