Diffusing domestic violence

The staff at Alice's Place would like victims to know that they might not be able to stop the abuse, but that they can stop being a victim. If you are a victim of domestic violence, here are some steps that you can take to protect yourself.

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive words and behavior to gain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic violence includes any and all forms of abuse--physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual. The motivation is always to control another person's behavior, thoughts and emotions.

Family violence is a fact of life. It happens in all religious and ethnic groups and occurs among the rich and poor alike.

Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to commit assaults and often exhibit emotional and behavioral problems.

Battering is the most common injury to women and the number one cause of emergency room visits by women.

During an explosive event, stay away from rooms where you might get trapped or where weapons might be available like the bathroom or the kitchen.

Practice with your children how to get out of your home safely and where to go for help.

Place important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, bankcards or census documents in an accessible and safe location.

Pack a bag with clothes, medicine, toys and whatever you and your children might need in the first 24 hours. Keep this in a safe place.

Orders of protection may be obtained through the courts. Always keep a copy with you. Leave copies with schools, employers, lawyers and baby sitters, if the order covers the children.

Alice's Place staff is available to provide crisis intervention and safe confidential temporary shelter, food and clothing. They also provide legal, Social Services and medical advocacy, domestic violence education, information and referral, case management and support groups. The staff can assist individuals with court accompaniment, filing of protection orders, safety planning and more.

For more information, call 928-289-3003.

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