Domestic Abuse - Topic Overview
Abusers often blame the victim for the abuse. They may say
"you made me do it." This is not true. People are responsible for their own actions. They may say they are sorry and tell you it will never happen again,
even though it already has.
After abuse starts, it usually gets
worse if you don't take steps to stop it. If you are in an abusive relationship,
ask for help. This may be hard, but know that you are not alone. Your family,
friends, fellow church members, employer, doctor, or local YMCA, YWCA,
police department, hospital, or clinic can help you. These national hotlines
can help you find resources in your area. Call:
National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233), or see the website at www.ndvh.org.
- The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline toll-free 1-866-331-9474 or (1-866-331-8453 TTY).
- The Childhelp Line toll-free 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453), or see the website at www.childhelp.org.
Use the Check Your Symptoms section to decide if and when you
should see a doctor or get other help.