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Domestic violence

Are you abused? Does the person you love...

  • Want to know where you are at all times?
  • Discourage your relationships with family and friends?
  • Prevent you from working or attending school?
  • Criticize you for little things?
  • Humiliate you in front of others?
  • Threaten to hurt you or the children?
  • Anger easily when drinking or using other drugs?
  • Put down your accomplishments or goals?
  • Blame you for how they feel or act?

Do you...

  • Sometimes feel scared of how your partner will act?
  • Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner's behavior?
  • Try not to do anything that would cause conflict or make your partner angry?
  • Always do what your partner wants you to do instead of what you want?

If you are saying "yes" to any of these, it is time to get help.

Getting help

There are no easy answers, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Abuse escalates and may become life-threatening.

  • Call the police department. Assault, even by family members, is a crime. Police officers have a variety of resources available to help you.
  • Leave, or have someone come and stay with you.
  • You may have resources available at your place of work. Notify your supervisor about your situation.

Resources

Cornerstone - 24-Hour Helpline: 952-884-0330 or during business hours, 952-884-0376.

Cornerstone can provide services to families. Their services are confidential and without cost to the client. They can provide safe housing and meals, intervention services, help with legal issues, support groups and transitional housing.