Domestic violence is a serious problem that hurts the person being abused. It also hurts any people who see the abuse happen, especially children.
Domestic violence does not always mean that a person is physically hurt by their abuser. Domestic violence can also be threats and verbal abuse, where the victim is made to feel bad about themselves through insults or embarrassing comments. The abuser may take control of money, belongings, and health care. The abuser may limit contact with family and friends, or limit time at work or school.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can get help. There are hotlines that can give you information about emergency shelters or safe houses, transportation, legal information and advocacy, emergency childcare, and help coming up with a safety plan. You can get help any time by calling these hotlines:
|New York State Domestic Violence Hotline:
|National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
||1-800-787-3224 (TTY for the hearing impaired)
Please remember that you can always call 911 if there is an emergency.
Fidelis Care can also give you more information about domestic violence and help you come up with a safety plan. You can call our Behavioral Health Department at 1-888-343-3547 and follow the directions to reach Behavioral Health.
The following websites can give you more information about domestic violence:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.ndvh.org.
New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence: http://www.opdv.state.ny.us/.
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