What You Can Do

If you are being abused:

While you cannot stop your partner’s abuse—only he or she can do that—you can find help and support for yourself.  

  • Call the police if you are in danger.
  • Talk with someone you trust: a friend or relative, a neighbor, coworker or religious or spiritual advisor.
  • Tell your physician, nurse, psychiatrist or therapist about the abuse.
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline [1-800-799-SAFE (7233)], your state domestic violence coalition, and/or a local domestic violence agency.

Remember, you know your situation better than anyone else. Don’t let someone talk you into doing something that isn’t right for you.