Domestic Violence Victim Resources
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FindLaw's Domestic Violence Victim Resources section provides information about national and state-level domestic violence resources. These include government agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide hotlines, information, and direct assistance to the victims of domestic violence.
Where to Turn for Help in a Crisis?
Your first call for help should be the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Not only can they help you with 24/7 advice, but they can also connect you with local resources.
Although it can be scary to make the call, one of your most important domestic violence victim resources is your local police department. When you report abuse to the police, they open a case. Documenting the truth of the abuse will make it easier to get a restraining order when you need one.
If you do not want to call the police, still speak with someone you trust who has the ability to help. Many choose to speak with their doctor or clergy member. These professionals are mandated reporters. They have some training in helping people who have suffered domestic violence. They can put you in touch with organizations that can help you, like a local battered women's shelter.
Lawyers who specialize in family law are another domestic violence victim resource. A lawyer can help you get an emergency protective order in court. If you need to divorce your abuser to protect yourself and your child, a divorce attorney can help you.
State-Specific Domestic Violence Information
Every state has an agency and a court that deals specifically with victims of domestic violence. Follow the link on this page for domestic violence information by state to see what information your state provides.
Domestic Violence State Forms provides links to the forms you need to petition for a protective order or restraining order. Complete the form and give it to your lawyer, or file it with the court.
Domestic Violence Organizations and Hotlines
If you are looking for domestic violence information that's specific to your race, ethnicity, or life circumstances, see the Organizations and Hotlines page. This resource features organizations that serve abuse victims who are:
- African American
- Latino or Latina
- Asian American
- Gay and lesbian people
- Young people
It also includes resources for legal helpers of abuse victims.
Questions about Domestic Violence? See Our FAQ Page
The FAQ page linked below answers questions victims may have about the crime of domestic violence and reporting procedures. The legal community stands with the victims of abuse and violence. There are lawyers around the country and in your state who are working to bring help and justice to victims of abuse. Contact a local family law attorney in your area if you need help with an emergency restraining order. Start on your path to safety.
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