domestic violenceIf you become a victim of domestic violence:

  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Make sure you are safe. Whenever you believe you are in danger, leave if possible.
  • Take important papers such as your birth certificate, vehicle registration, etc.
  • Get medical attention. Don’t try to treat yourself, you may be injured much more seriously than you realize.
  • Save all the evidence/proof you can. You may even want to take photographs of your injuries. Whether or not you file charges now, you may later change your mind and will then need proof that you have been assaulted.
  • Seek assistance. Whether or not you file charges against your batterer, you may need to talk to a professional about your situation.
  • Contact your local domestic violence agency or victim assistance center. Contact Operation Care’s 24 Hour Crisis Line at (209) 223-2600.

In cases of rape – if you are attacked:

  • Go with your instincts. Depending upon the situation, you may decide to run, scream, kick, hit, bite, etc.
  • Your goal is to escape safely. But, if you believe your life is in danger, don’t resist.
  • Call 911 if it makes sense in your situation;

  • Go to a friend’s house, or any place where you will be safe and people will give you emotional support.
  • Call the 24 hour rape crisis line at (209) 223-2600.
  • Do not douche, bathe, shower or change clothes.
  • Go to a hospital. See a doctor immediately for treatment of any injuries and for tests which can provide important medical evidence.
  • Report the rape. If you are a legal adult, the choice is yours. Remember that reporting sexual assault is an important part of ending violence against women. You should be comfortable with your decision.
  • Seek counseling. Whether or not you report the rape and participate in legal action, you should consult a trained rape crisis counselor, hospital, rape crisis center or mental health center.


Are You Being Abused?

About Sexual Assault

Advice for Coping

Agency Contacts

Department of Justice Website – Definition of Domestic Violence

Department of Justice Website – Sexual Assault

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