During an emergency, always dial 911.
What to Do if You Are a Victim of Domestic Violence
- Call 911 and report the incident. Write down the police report and incident number and keep them with your records.
- If necessary, seek medical attention. Have injuries documented and photographed.
- Go to a safe place such as a domestic violence shelter.
- Seek the support of caring people. Tell someone you trust about the abuse. They may be your friend, a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, or staff members of support agencies. Talk to them in a private, safe place. You do not need to face abuse alone.
- Have a safety plan. If your partner is abusive, have a plan to protect yourself and your children in case you need to leave quickly. If you are abused, be honest with yourself, think of the consequences, and get help.
- File for a protective order that will tell your abuser to stay away.
When you decide to get help, find a support system that works for you. A trusted friend, family member, or professional can help you devise a safety plan and find a safe place for you to stay, if necessary.
If you are a victim of abuse, you are not alone. You have the right to be safe. You are not responsible for violent behavior. No one deserves to be beaten or threatened!
- When you are asked to appear in court:
- Be on time.
- Bring all your paperwork.
- Do not bring your children.
- Talk directly to the judge, not the respondent.
- Tell the truth.
- Be courteous, sincere, and speak clearly.
- Bring police reports, photographs, and affidavits.
- You must be able to provide a current address for service of the protective order on the abuser.
- Keep your protective order with you at all times.
History & Staff
Established in 1996 as part of the Violence Against Women Act, the Domestic Violence Unit includes two deputy prosecuting attorneys and a victim advocate whose mission is to handle all domestic violence cases filed by the Porter County prosecuting attorney.