What Should a Victim Do?

  • First and foremost, it is important for the person to get away from the aggressor. That person should seek he assistance of a friend or a neighbor. In the event of domestic violence, immediate police assistance should be requested.
  • A victim of domestic violence should never try to "go it alone." The usual profile of an abusive person is an aggressive, dominant personality that is both manipulative and controlling. The victim of domestic violence is often very vulnerable and can be persuaded from attempting to obtain assistance. Outside assistance is often essential in protecting a victim of domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence victims should never shy away from requesting assistance because of a perceived stigma attached to being a victim. Whatever their background, if they have been abused, they should get assistance with a domestic violence situation immediately for their own health and safety, as well as the health of those around them.