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What do you need to do if you are being abused?

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First, know that you deserve better and that this isn’t your fault. If you’re in an emergency, call 911.

It can be hard to decide whether to stay or leave. That’s why it may help to start with a call to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233). Call from a friend’s house or somewhere else where you feel safe.

You can also turn to friends, family, neighbors, your doctor, or your spiritual community.

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

SOURCES:

HelpGuide.org: “Domestic Violence and Abuse,” “Help for Men Who Are Being Abused,” “Getting Out of an Abusive Relationship.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: “What Is Domestic Violence?” “LGBTQ Relationship Violence.”

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: “Breaking the Silence: A Handbook for Survivors of Domestic Violence.”

Women Are Safe: “Emotional Abuse.”

Mayo Clinic: “Domestic Violence Against Men.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 23, 2018

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