Remember that the most important thing is your own safety. Think about the following points as you consider your options:
Call 911 if you’re in immediate danger. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to get domestic violence help right away. Cell phones can always call 911, even if service has been cancelled.
Get support. Abusers isolate their partners. Stay in touch with friends, family, teachers, and others. Let them know you’re thinking of leaving. Lean on them for support.
Make the call. Program the Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline number 1-866-223-1111 or another domestic violence hotline into your phone (but be sure to disguise it, so the abusive person doesn’t know what it is.) Advocates are just a phone call away.
If needed, get a restraining order. Notify police, your school, your work, family, and friends that the order exists. Keep a copy with you at all times in case the order is violated.
If you’re not sure what you want to do and would like to talk with someone about your options, our caring advocates are here to listen. Call our 24-hour helpline anytime at 952.884.0330.