Resources and Advice
If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship violence, there are resources to help.
Caring Unlimited, York County Maine
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Stalking Prevention & Awareness Resource Center
LGBTQ+ Partner Abuse Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Child Protective Services
One Love Foundation
Equipoise Center on Domestic Violence
enddv.org and also on Facebook
End Violence Against Women International
Check out these helpful apps:
MyPlan guides users through designing a safety plan
Techsafety app helps the user understand and prevent cyberstalking
ADVICE FROM OUR EXPERTS
DON’T DOUBT YOURSELF.
“I have learned to listen to my inner voice. When you think something is hopeless, it’s not. You don’t have to accept a situation, and you don’t have to do it on your own. Reach out, even if it’s just one person.”
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE YOUR DANGER.
“People acclimate to their level of abuse and tend to minimize their danger. Reach out to the National Hotline to get connected to a victim advocate who can do a danger screening and make an individual safety plan. If there are children involved, expand that plan to them. Create a code word with children and teach them how to call 911.”
DOCUMENT THE ABUSE.
“When you photograph your injuries, identify yourself in the photos. Email them to a friend and delete the evidence from your phone.”
DON’T BLAME YOURSELF.
“Anyone can experience domestic violence. The shame and secrecy of it is its own pandemic.”
DON’T KEEP IT A SECRET AND SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY
“The first tendency is to think that you can handle it yourself. Talk to friends and family and get support. And devise a plan, because it’s not going to get better. It’s only going to get worse.”
Sharon Donnelly Love
EDUCATE YOURSELF AND QUESTION YOUR ASSUMPTIONS
“Learning the players and dynamics of what goes on in domestic violence is legion, a quantum effort.”