Violence and Abuse
and abuse in our homes and communities are serious problems.
Abuse can be physical, when someone hurts your body.
It can also be verbal or emotional—threats and
cruel talk are abuse, too. No one, not even a family
member, has the right to be violent or abusive. It’s
against the law. Don’t keep it a secret. Talk
to someone you trust and get help.
Get help, too, if you are the one who is violent or
abusive. Change is possible, but you can’t do
it alone. Act now, before you ruin someone else’s
life and your own.
Violence and Abuse at Home
If you are a victim, don’t blame yourself.
It’s not your fault. But you do need to
protect yourself and your family from further
harm. Try to set aside clothes and money for
you and your children. You may need to leave
in a hurry. To find a safe place to stay with
your children and to get legal help, call Child
Abuse and Family Violence or National Domestic
Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
Signs of Child Abuse
Watch for these signs. They could indicate child
- Unexplained bruises or marks
- Trouble sleeping
pain, swelling or bleeding in the mouth or genitals
- Acting unusually frightened, sad or
- Acting unusually violent or
- Copying adult sexual behavior
- No interest in school or other activities
Most child abuse is done by
family members. If you suspect abuse, get help right
away. Teach children to tell you if something bad happens
to them. Take it
seriously and report it. Call Child Abuse Hotline or
Child Abuse and Family Violence. In an emergency, call
If You Get Abusive
Violence is never okay. But there are reasons
why people get violent—social problems like unemployment
and racism, and personal problems like drug abuse or
growing up in an abusive home. Support groups or counseling
can help. Call National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).