If your home has become a battleground, you probably feel frozen in place. It’s not normal, it’s not right, and it’s not acceptable in any way. But you are in the middle of it and don’t know what to do. You’d probably rather not think about it and carry on, pretending.
This is a common reaction. But it is the isolation which comes from this is what allows the situation to continue. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or have a loved one you suspect might be, the most important thing is to reach out and talk. There are resources here in Williamson and Travis counties who can get you through this to a better place.
There is hope
Let’s start with the most important part – that you are here reading this now. Understanding there is a problem is an important start to putting a stop to domestic violence. Seeking out information is the first step.
If you have an immediate threat to your safety, never hesitate to call 911.
If you are currently in a place where there is no immediate threat, reach out to the Hope Alliance in Round Rock. They have a 24 hour hotline at 800-460-7233 for anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or knows someone that they think needs help. They are there to listen and support you.
Find a place and a time alone when you can speak to them in confidence, away from your situation. Don’t be afraid to spill your guts, they have heard it all. Ending the isolation is the first step towards ending the battering.
Safety is first
Many victims of domestic violence worry about things which are just not that important. They might have a comfortable home or an image of a perfect marriage in their heads. They might be afraid that their friends and family will shame them if they find out what’s been going on.
None of that is as important as your safety. It is critical for you and any children stuck in the middle to take action as quickly as you can. Everything else will sort itself out once you find the help you need. You must know that there are thousands of people – friends, loved ones, and caring strangers – right here in Texas who are ready to help you without judgment.
Be safe first. The rest can be worked out.
Details come later
Another reason domestic violence victims do not act is that they simply do not know what to do, or more accurately what comes next. There are many people who have seen situations like yours before. While your situation is unique, experience counts in taking those next steps beyond making sure you are safe.
You can reach out to an experienced family law attorney when the time is right. They can help you take care of all those details when it’s appropriate and help you to move on to a better life, a safe life. It might be hard for you to imagine right now, but you are entitled to a home free from violence and constant struggle.
There are many people here in Georgetown and Austin who will help you make that happen. Reach out to them today. The relief will help you immediately.