Having a Crisis: Violence?
If you are being verbally, physically or sexually abused by your partner, you are not alone. Many people are victims/survivors of violence at the hands of someone they love.
Domestic violence is a crime. You can reach out for help. Talk to a family member, friend or someone at Crisis Hotline (713-HOTLINE) while you think about your options. To learn more about the characteristics of an abusive relationship look at the power and control wheel.
Everyone has options. Some people choose to stay and some choose to leave their partners. Regardless, most have found it helpful to have a safety plan.
If you are in a life-threatening situation; you, your children or your neighbor, can call 911. The police have been trained to handle domestic violence situations and must help people regardless of their race, sex, financial situation, metal state and immigration status.
Please review the plan guidelines and options listed below, and we've prepared a Personalized Safety Plan you may print and use as a guide.
Establish a code with family and friends so that they know to call the police if you are in danger.
Try to avoid arguments in rooms without access to a door or that contain weapons (kitchen, bathroom).
Practice how to get out safely if you feel threatened.
Pack and hide the following:
Not having all of these things ready should not stop the victim from leaving.
Staying with the abuser
Leaving the abuser
Arresting the batterer
Getting a Protective Order