Domestic Violence can destroy any personal relationship and should not be tolerated at any cost. The only way to permanently stop domestic violence is to raise your voice and take a firm stand against those promoting it.
Crucial social problem
Domestic Violence is recognized as a crucial social problem by US government and non-government agencies. As a result of which, various Violence Against Women Acts have been passed by the US Congress to control it.
The article discusses the measures to solve Domestic Violence like how joining or consulting domestic violence support group and national domestic violence hotline is making a huge difference to avoid domestic violence cases.
1. Call 9-1-1
First thing first, call 911 and get medical attention. 9-1-1 is an emergency telephone number intended for use in emergency circumstances only and using it for any other purposes(false or prank calls) is a crime in certain jurisdictions.
In majority of the locations in the United States and Canada, dialling 9-1-1 from any telephone handset connects the caller to an emergency dispatch office.
In 96 percent cases of the US, the 9-1-1 works with mapping of the caller numbers with physical address.
2. Report the incident to your local police
According to stats, a big number of domestic violence incidents went unreported because the victims were either extremely petrified or have no details to prove that the incident took place on the first hand.
To prevent and avoid such heinous act, you should report every incident of domestic violence to the police.
You should inform following details to the police:
- Date and Time
- What exactly happened at that point of time
- Reason of the incident
- The details related to the person carrying out domestic violence
- Any serious injury happened to you
The police might ask you these and more thorough details anytime (until the case continues), thus it is always suggested to note down the details so that you do not skip anything important. Also, note down the incident number or police report number for the records.
3. Join/Consult Domestic Violence Support Group
Domestic Violence Support Group is making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of victims, survivors and their families who have suffered domestic violence in the past.
The highly trained consultants or advisors are available round the clock to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking required information or seeking help tackling unhealthy aspects of the relationship.
4. Contact National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline allows the victims or families battling domestic violence to get assistance or help.
Your one phone call
Your one phone call can make world of difference and shape up a better future. The donations made by different individuals or groups bears the cost of the phone call made by people seeking help.
5. Emergency Protection Order
In some states, police or magistrate can provide Emergency Protection Order (EPO) which is a short term protection to the victim of domestic violence.
The EPO issued is generally for a limited period such as three or seven days.
6. Get Protection Order from Court
Survivors of domestic violence have civil and criminal protection or restraining order options to protect themselves from any future abuse. These orders permit the victim to call the police and have the abuser arrested if the order is disobeyed or broken.All 50 states and District of Columbia issues Protection order.
Different states call this protection order with different naming convention; New York or Texas calling it protection orders and California calling it restraining order.
Unlike EPO, Protection order is for a longer term; typically for one to five years. It can also last an entire lifetime under extreme circumstances. The victim is provided with an option to renew the protection order if he or she still feels threatened by the abuser.
To Sum Up things
Domestic Violence has been prevailing in many states of the US and it is time that strict actions should be taken to reduce the number of cases of such sort.
If you are battling or facing issues related to Domestic Violence, we request you to report the case in police or take necessary help from Domestic Violence Support group.
You can also contact an expert attorney to get help for your case.