In October, MLSA will blog each Thursday on relationship abuse/sexual abuse/stalking topics in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We encourage you to share the information we blog on with your friends, family, and coworkers.
Domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, sexual assault . . . All such forms of violence are more common than we like to admit. Sometimes we suspect someone we know is a victim but we don’t know what to do. Often it seems easier to look the other way, change the subject, think about something else. Sometimes we try to deny the fact that we, ourselves, are victims. But these forms of violence will not go away on their own. We must identify them, call them what they are, stand up to them, help those who suffer, help ourselves. We can do that most readily–and safely–through education, understanding, and using tools and resources that have been developed for that purpose.
Fortunately there are many resources to help. The list that follows is just a sample of organizations and information.
If you are in danger right now, call 911.
Click here to learn about organizations in Montana that help survivors (Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.)
Click here to learn how to get a Montana Order of Protection (Montana Department of Justice-Victim Services).
Click here to learn what to do if you are sexually assaulted (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.)
Click here to learn about keeping your mailing address confidential from someone who has abused/stalked you (Montana Department of Justice-Victim Services.)
Click here to learn about Crime Victim Compensation (Montana Department of Justice-Victim Services.)
Click here to learn more about Relationship Abuse/Sexual Abuse/Stalking from www.MontanaLawHelp.org.