End Domestic Violence

Officer RacilaIt is estimated that 35% of women and 29% of men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.  Domestic violence isn’t just physical - it can be emotional, verbal or financial. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity or social/economic status.  If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, here are some things to consider.

Always call 9-1-1 if you feel unsafe.  You do not need to wait until physical abuse occurs to call the police.  A law enforcement presence can help de-escalate the situation and officers can recommend resources for both the victim and perpetrator that may help break the cycle of domestic violence in the relationship.  If that is not an option, the police can help you to leave the situation and find a safe place.

Create a personalized safety plan for yourself and your family.  Practice multiple ways to leave the house, have necessary items ready to go, make a plan for your kids and pets, and know who you can trust to help you.  The police or an advocate can help you create a detailed plan for yourself.

You Are Not Alone   
 Call 9-1-1 if you feel unsafe  
 Turning Point  
www.turnpt.org 815-338-8081  
National Domestic Violence Hotline  
www.thehotline.org 1-800-799-7233  

Document the abuse by keeping a journal, filing police reports, saving emails/texts/social media posts, taking pictures of injuries/damage caused by the abuser.  Documentation will also help if you consider obtaining an order of protection, which can restrict access to the victim, residences and other family members (including children).  Turning Point has advocates that can help you through this legal process.

There are many resources available for those affected by domestic violence.  We can help you find the appropriate resources, beyond law enforcement remedies, to help your family physically, medically and emotionally.  Resources are also available for children of domestic violence survivors.  Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to repeat the cycle in their adult relationships.  Early intervention can help break this cycle.  

Most importantly, know that you are not alone and help is here.  Please reach out to us or another agency so we can assist you and your family.

Huntley Safety 1st is the monthly education series written by the staff of the Huntley Police Department.  On the first of each month, we provide citizens with information on a different public safety related issue.  

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Huntley Police Department
Village of Huntley Municipal Complex
10911 Main Street, Huntley, IL 60142