Call the police
If you feel you are in danger from your abuser at any time, you can call: 9-1-1. If you want to talk to a confidential victim advocate, call the Portland Women's Crisis Line at 503-235-5333.
Consider the following:
Get support from friends and family
Tell your supportive family, friends and co-workers what has happened.
Find a safe place
You should not have to leave your home because of what your abuser has done. But sometimes it is the only way you will be safe. There are resources and shelters that can help you.
Get medical help
If you have been hurt, go to the hospital or your doctor. Medical records can be important in court cases. They can also help you obtain a protection order. Give all the information about your injuries and who hurt you that you feel safe to give.
Special medical concerns
- Sometimes you may not even know you are hurt.
- What seems like a small injury could be a big one.
- If you are pregnant and you were hit in your stomach, tell the doctor. Many abusers hurt unborn children.
- Domestic violence victims can be in danger of closed head injuries. This is because their abusers often hit them in the head. If any of these things happen after a hit to the head, seek medical care right away.
- Memory loss
- Problems with eyesight
- Headache that will not go away
How to obtain a protection order
Making a safety plan: plan what to do before or when you feel unsafe.
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