What to do if you are experiencing violence at home
Many families can sometimes find themselves in tough situations.
We know that stressful times in our community mean dangerous or scary situations at home for many families.
If this is happening to you, know you are not alone. There are people who can help you take steps to feel safe.
If you are experiencing violence at home:
Remember, it is not your fault. You and your family deserve to be safe. Here’s what you can do to make that happen:
- If you are in physical danger, call 911 immediately
- Call the Advocates of Lake County at (719) 486-3530 to talk about ways we can help you stay safe
- Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline for services outside Lake County at 800-799-7233
If you can’t call the Advocates right away, make a safety plan for you and your family. Ask family members and friends for help if necessary. Try to call as soon as you can; they have resources that can help you.
If you suspect someone else is being abused:
Reach out. Your intervention could save a life.
- Don’t be afraid to tell them you are worried about their safety.
- Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation.
- Be supportive and believe them.
- Be non-judgmental and respect their decisions.
- Help them find a way to safety and peace in their own time.
- Help them develop a safety plan.
- Encourage them to talk to people who can provide help and guidance.
The hotline for the Advocate of Lake County is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 719-486-3530 anytime to get help for yourself or for someone you know.
Calls are still being answered during the COVID-19 epidemic, but they are limiting face-to-face services and offering most non-emergency help over the phone.