FAQ’s About Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate need of assistance please call our 24-hour hotline to speak with an advocate. If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

Domestic Violence Hotline:1-800-464-8340



If You Have Experienced Domestic Violence

  • If you have experienced Domestic Violence, our sister Agency the Family Crisis Center can offer help. Family Crisis Center Services are confidential and provided free of charge. They offer a 24-hour Crisis Line where you can receive support, empowerment, and referral information from certified Victim Advocates. Serving: Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello & Wayne Counties. All services are available in Spanish and other languages as needed.

    You may be a victim of Domestic Violence if your partner:

    • Uses his or her temper, jealous rages, or anger to frighten you.

    • Isolates you from your support system including your family and friends.

    • Calls you names, plays mind games.

    • Threatens to commit suicide, or to report you to the authorities.

    • Controls access to money, food, and necessities.

    • Forces sex against your will.

    • Hits, strangles, kicks, or shoves you.


How to Stay Safe:

  • Go to an area that has an exit. Stay in a room with a phone. Call 911, a friend, or a neighbor. Inform them if there are weapons in the home. Know your escape route.
  • Practice how to get out of your home safely. Visualize your escape route.
  • Have a packed bag ready. Keep it hidden in a handy place in order to leave quickly, or leave the bag elsewhere if the abuser searches your home.
  • Devise a code word or signal to tell your children, grandchildren, or neighbors so you can communicate to them that you need the police.
  • Know where you’re going. Plan where you will go if you have to leave home, even if you don’t think you’ll need to.
  • Trust your gut. Consider anything that you feel will keep you safe and give you time to figure out what to do next.

We Are Here For You


You can speak to an Advocate 24/7 by calling our hotline at 1-800-270-1620 

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