Questions to ask yourself:
- Have I been hit, punched, choked, slapped, physically restrained?
- Has my partner made threats toward me, the children, or other family members?
- Have I been verbally abused?
- Do I make excuses for the other party’s behavior? Do I blame the behavior on drinking or drug use? Do I blame a bad childhood? Stress? Myself?
- Do I feel completely controlled by my partner?
- Have I been isolated from friends or family? Have my friends told me that they don’t like my partner? Have they stopped calling me? When was the last time that I spent time with my family?
What to do if you are being abused:
- If you are in danger or think you might be, immediately call 911.
- Make sure that you are in a safe place.
- When police arrive, ask police to arrest the abuser and for an Emergency Protective Order.
- Utilize local resources to help protect you:
- LACBA Domestic Violence Project: Volunteer attorneys, law students, and staff provide one-on-one legal assistance for the preparation of documents to file for a Temporary Restraining Order. A donation of $20 is requested.
- Domestic Violence Council (County of Los Angeles): For information on domestic violence resources
- Safe at Home: A free P.O. box offered through the California Secretary of State so that victims of abuse can keep their address confidential while receiving mail, opening bank accounts, getting a driver’s license, enrolling a child in school, etc.
310.735.9814 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.