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Domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, sexual assault . . . All are more common than we like to admit. In fact, 16 Montanans have been killed by their significant others this year, a new record (video).
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, suffer domestic violence.
But the violence will not go away on its own. We must identify it, call it what it is, stand up to it, help those who suffer, help ourselves. We'll do it today, the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). We can do it 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.
If you are in danger right now, call 911.
- Click here to get help (National Domestic Violence Hotline)
- 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 for information on dealing with rape and sexual abuse (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network.)
- Click here to learn more about Relationship Abuse/Sexual Abuse/Stalking from www.MontanaLawHelp.org.