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Where to Turn for Help

An abuser depends on secrecy and isolation to keep the other person in the relationship. Domestic violence can be linked to isolation of the victim. Many people who are abused feel alone and are afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Remember, abuse is not your fault and there are people who can help. Don’t try to handle this alone!

Who can offer you information, resources, and support?

  • The police
  • Your doctor or nurse
  • A friend
  • A family member
  • A neighbor
  • Someone at work
  • A teacher or staff member at your children’s school
  • Someone from your place of worship
  • Someone at your local community center
  • Your local domestic violence hotline or shelter
    (see Resource section for phone numbers)

For additional domestic violence information:

Domestic Violence Unit
Police Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3156
Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 727-7137
Fax: (202) 727-6491