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Information and resources for the abused, abuser, and their families and friends. (More information to come as I gather it.)
 
I have been a victim of domestic violence, but I got out before anything tragically happened. Some women (and men!) are not so fortunate.
 
Domestic violence is defined as assault or abuse of a person by a family member, spouse, partner, roommate, or close friend. It may be physical abuse, sexual abuse oremotional abuse, and is accompanied by fear, pain, and shame. Domestic assault, and many other forms of these abuses are against the law.
 
 
 
 

Internat'l Purple Ribbon Project

Statistics

Every day four women are murdered by boyfriends or husbands.

Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted and beaten.

Domestic violence is the number one cause of emergency room visits by women.

In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are abused at a rate 1,500 percent higher than the national average.

Women are most likely to be killed when attempting to leave the abuser. In fact, they're at a 75 percent higher risk than those who stay.

A child's exposure to the father abusing the mother is the strongest risk factor for transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.

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VICTIM SURVIVOR RIGHTS
 
You have the right to decide what happens in your life at any given time.
 
You have the right to decide what you want to do about the abuse. People can give you options, but the decision is entirely yours.
 
You have the right to decide whether or not you will report the crime tothe police and how you want to report it.
 
You have the right to decide who will know about the abuse and when.
 
You have the right to be informed  at any time by the police and/or the district attorney as to the progress of your case.
 
You have the right to have a support person with you at all times and you have the right to choose who that person will be.
 
You have the right not to be a victim for the rest of your life. You were a victim, but now you are a survivor.
 
Resources:
An organization of men working to end men's violence against women
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How an abuser can discover your internet activities
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"And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~Anais Nin
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FOR FURTHER RESOURCES, SEE THE 'CANDLES AND CAUSES 'PAGE AND THE FYI PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE.
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Elder Abuse Hotline: (800) 252-8966
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Friends of Battered Women and Their Children: (800) 603-HELP
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Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE, (800) 787-3224 TDD
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National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE
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Organization of men working to end men's violence against women.
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Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network: (800) 656-4673
Trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support. You can call a volunteer on the phone, or e-mail them. Confidential and non-judgmental.
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Crisis Counseling: (800) 999-9999
 
 
 

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