Domestic Violence is a pattern of control and abusive behavior to gain compliance over an intimate partner or others residing in the same home. Abuse affects ALL people; it knows no boundaries.
If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions you may be in an abusive relationship.
You can contact the Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center anytime at 724-224-1266 if you would like to talk. Our services are free and confidential.
Plan to maintain your safety and the safety of your family.
Keep a list of important phone numbers (police, domestic violence hotline, hospital) with you.
Plan with your children. Identify a safe place for them (room with a lock, neighbor’s house). Let them know that their job is to stay safe, not to protect you.
Arrange a signal with a neighbor for when you need help.
Establish a “code word” that will signal to family or friends that you need help.
Make sure it is something that you can get to quickly. You may want to keep it at a trusted friend’s/neighbor’s house.
Include the following items:
Know which doors, windows, etc. provide an escape. Practice with your children for an emergency.
If necessary, seek medical attention right away. Make sure to explain what happened and ask for documentation. Have the doctor, nurse or a friend take pictures of your injuries/bruises. Save any ripped or bloody clothes.