No one deserves to be a victim of domestic violence.
Help is available.
Is your partner caring or controlling? If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts.
This evidence-based questionnaire can help you determine if you are in immediate danger.
If you’re having trouble deciding whether to leave a violent relationship, help is available. You don’t have to do it alone. Contact the Family Safety Center and a trained professional will help you navigate the process. Here are some things to consider:
Domestic violence almost always repeats itself. Until you are ready to leave for good, it’s a good idea to plan for that “next time.”
An order of protection is issued by the court to prohibit your abuser from abusing, stalking or sexually assaulting you. The court will ask you to prove that you are in immediate danger, so the order of protection includes more detail and documentation than a police report. The abuser will be “served” the order telling him or her to stay away from you.
Safety with a protective order:
If police need to be called, ask for the police report number afterward.
Leaving is hard. Remember, your abuser has invested a lot of time manipulating you into thinking that you can’t survive without them and that you deserved to be hit or threatened. It’s no wonder that on average someone tries to leave a violent relationship seven times before they are successful.
Every situation is different. The Family Safety Center staff can help you create a plan specific to your situation. Leaving is a process, it does not happen overnight, but we can help you file an order of protection, get legal advice, and arrange for emergency shelter in one visit. Our community partners provide ongoing counselling and support groups. You are not alone.
The Family Safety Center brings to one location the services necessary to help domestic violence victims in Memphis and Shelby County leave a violent situation. FSC revolutionized how our community serves victims who otherwise would have to travel to multiple locations for help. Own Your Hope is possible with support from AutoZone.