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violent relationship puts you and your children at
risk for injury and even death. Making a plan will help provide for your
safety and your children's safety.
Contact a local advocacy group for support,
information, and advice on how to stay safe. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free at
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233), or see the website at www.ndvh.org for the nearest advocacy
program. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English,
Spanish, and other languages.
Also, see the National Coalition Against Domestic
Violence's website at www.ncadv.org/resources/state.htm to find the program
nearest to you that offers shelter and legal support.
After you have left, you may have to take extra measures to
stay safe. Your local advocacy group can help you get in touch with legal and
social services in your area. This group may also provide information on
counseling and support groups that can help you recover emotionally from your
October 13, 2011
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Brigid McCaw, MD, MS, MPH, FACP - Family Violence Prevention & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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