What Can You do about Domestic Violence

If You Are Hurt, What Can You Do?

  • There are no easy answers, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.
  • Call the police or sheriff. Assault, even by family members, is a crime. The police often have information about shelters and other agencies that help victims of domestic violence.
  • Contact your county's family court for information about a civil protection order that does not involve criminal charges or penalties.
  • Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.
  • Leave, or have someone come and stay with you. Go to the Joplin's Lafayette House. If you believe that you, and your children, are in danger - leave immediately.

Have You Hurt Someone in Your Family?

  • Accept the fact that your violent behavior will destroy your family. Be aware that you break the law when you physically hurt someone.
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233, or Joplin's Lafayette House at (800) 416-1772 and ask about counseling and support groups for people who batter.
  • Take responsibility for your actions and get help.
  • When you feel tension building, get away. Work off the angry energy through a walk, a project, or a sport.

The High Cost of Domestic Violence?

  • Jobs can be lost or careers stalled because of injuries, arrests, or harassment.
  • Men and women who follow their parents' example and use violence to solve conflicts are teaching the same destructive behavior to their children.
  • Violence may even result in death.