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Victims of Domestic & Dating Violence

Remember: violence is NEVER the victim’s fault.
Encouraged Actions:

  1. Take steps to ensure your immediate physical safety.
    If you do not feel safe where you are, try to get to a safe place. If you think you are unable to get to a safe place on your own, call 9-1-1. The police can also take you to the hospital.
  2. Seek medical assistance and treatment.
    You do not have to report the incident to police to receive treatment at the hospital. You should seek medical treatment even if you do not want to report the incident. There may be injuries you do not know about or that you don’t know the full scope of.
  3. Document the incident.
    This does not mean filing a police report. It means that when you have a quiet moment, write down everything you can remember with as much detail as possible. Writing down a detailed account can help with any legal action you may decide to take and it can also help you in your healing process.
  4. Obtain information about the resources available to you.
    The Sexual Misconduct Policy offers a list of on-campus and community resources that are available. These resources range from information about protective orders, hotlines, organizations, and shelters.
  5. Obtain emotional support.
    This can mean talking to a professional counselor, on- or off-campus, talking to a friend or family member, or anyone you feel comfortable talking with about the incident Getting help, whether emotional or medical, is the best thing that you can do for yourself, your health, and your future.
  6. Obtain information about the resources available to you.
    The Sexual Misconduct Policy offers a list of on-campus and community resources that are available. These resources range from information about protective orders, hotlines, organizations, and shelters.
  7. Take advantage of the resources available to you.
    Knowing what resources are available is the first step, but sometimes taking the next step can be challenging. If you are unsure of what you want or would be best for your situation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help exploring your options.
Trust your instincts. Don’t second guess yourself or your feelings.