If you are being abused, help is available. You are not alone. There are people who will believe you and who want to help.
Consider these options if you are in an abusive situation:
Get to a safe place.
f you are in danger, or want to report the incident, call 911 for immediate police assistance.
Call the 24-Hour Victim Services Hotline at 814-944-3585 or 1-800- 500-2849.
An advocate is available to talk with you about safety and any other concerns you may have, give you the information you need and, if you like, will accompany you to the police station, hospital, or doctor’s office. Victim Services Program Advocates receive specialized training to assist victims of domestic violence at the hospital and/or police department. At the victim's request, staff or volunteers will meet them at the hospital and/or police station.
Create a safety plan.
Whether or not you’re planning to leave your abuser, there are things you can do to increase your safety. 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.
Tips for Staying Safe and Protecting Yourself
- Safety Planning – Guidelines for how to safely leave an abusive relationship, what to do if you've filed a restraining order, and what to do once you've left the relationship. (Women’s Law Initiative)
- Internet Security – Gives detailed instructions on how to clear your computer’s Internet browser and email account from showing evidence of your seeking help for domestic abuse. (Women’s Law Initiative)
- Find free confidential help anywhere in Pennsylvania