Reporting Incidents of Domestic Abuse

Did you know that nearly half of all domestic abuse cases go unreported? Victims sometimes choose not to report incidents of violence because they feel embarrassed or shameful. Some are scared of what their abuser may do to them if they report, and some rely on their abuser for financial support or in keeping their immigration status. If you or someone you love is experiencing domestic violence, it is important to know that there are many options available for reporting an abuser. 

One of the best ways to report domestic violence is going straight to a local police station. If you go to the police, it is important to have written documentation of the abuse that has occurred. Details like time of the incident, location, and injuries that may have been sustained can be used in pressing legal charges and obtaining restraining orders against the abuser. 

If you are hesitant to go directly to the police, there are other options. You can call the national domestic violence hotline or visit them online to help find resources close to you. Some resources include counseling or even a women’s shelter if you are not safe in your home. You can also look in a local service provider to find resources on your own.

No matter how you choose to report domestic violence, it is important to know that there are resources available to help. You can find more information about reporting domestic violence in the infographic below:

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