These are tough times.
And sadly, domestic and intimate partner violence remains a public health epidemic. This includes domestic and intimate partner violence, which drastically increased during the course of the pandemic. People in a violent relationship are 500% more likely to die in a domestic violence situation when a gun is present.
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We know a hotline isn’t a perfect solution, but it really can help in moments of crisis.
Domestic violence doesn’t always look like explicit physical violence. If you or someone you love may be experiencing domestic violence, here are a few suggestions for survivors that may make them feel a little bit safer from the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Create a safety plan.
A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. The National Domestic Violence Hotline will safety plan with victims, friends, family members, and anyone who is concerned about their own safety or the safety of someone else. If there is limited shelter availability, consider alternatives such as staying with family or friends, staying in motels, or sleeping in your vehicle.
Taking time for your health and wellness can make a big difference in how you feel. To learn more about how to build in self-care while staying safe, you can learn more here.