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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

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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.

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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.

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