Dating, Domestic, or Relationship Violence
- Call 911 and report the incident. Write down the police report/incident number and keep with your records.
- If necessary, seek medical attention. Have injuries documented and photographed.
- Go to a safe place such as a friend or family member’s home or a domestic violence shelter.
- Seek the support of caring people. Tell someone you trust about the abuse—a friend, a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker or staff members of support agencies. Talk to them in a private, safe place.
- Talk with a professional at one of these or another support agency: Viterbo Counseling Services, Viterbo Health Services, Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Safe Path Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services, or Gundersen Health System Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Services. These services offer confidential help.
- Have a safety plan. If your friend, spouse, or partner is abusive, have a plan to protect yourself and/or your children in case you need to leave quickly.
- File for a protective order that tells the offender to stay away from you.