Many woman suffer from domestic abuse on a daily basis. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.8 million women suffer from physical assaults and rapes from an intimate partnership in the United States. It is important that everyone knows that there are resources out there to help.
Here are a few National Hotlines..
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
If you just so happen to be in the LA area and need some support here are some places..
Abused Women and Children Inc.
14541 Hamlin St. Van Nuys 91411 (818) 787-1976
FPA Women’s Health
10200 Sepulveda Blvd. Ste. 200 Mission Hills 91345 (818) 893-6949
Saint Ana Women’s Medical Clinic
13676 Van Nuys Blvd. Pacoima 91331 (818) 272-8360
Simi Women’s Center
2840 East los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley 93065 (805) 750-5555
Valley Women’s Center
22110 Roscoe Blvd., Ste. 204 Canoga Park 91304 (818) 713-8700
A couple of things you should also do if you’re in an abusive relationship…
- Tell a close friend
- Photograph evidence (bruises, etc.)
- Plan a “get out” plan
- Go to the police and report it (have your get out plan already planned)
- Memorize numbers
- Clear your history if you have googled anything along the lines of domestic abuse
- Know your resources
- Always call 911 if you are hurt or threatened
In the United States, there are many women taking a stand on domestic abuse by attempting to change the laws. I am speaking this weekend along with Laura Richards and my mother, Debra Newell, to spread awareness on the subject, give women resources, and create an ongoing discussion how we can all make an influence on domestic abuse laws.
Below is a petition you can sign to help bring about change
Here is also a survey you can take..
I hope these resources were helpful! In the near future, I will have another blog post that goes into more in detail on how to escape a relationship that suffers from domestic abuse. If this information doesn’t relate to you, but you know someone that is experiencing domestic abuse, share this information with them. I recommend simply sharing my website instead of the direct link to this blog post to prevent the abuser from seeing.
XOXO Terra Newell