If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.
Each day, three women are killed in America by boyfriends or husbands. Men, children, elders and pets also become victims of domestic violence.
Florida law describes domestic violence as any physically abusive behavior committed by a household member that results in injury or death. Here are some signs of an abusive relationship that may result in domestic violence:
- You are afraid of your partner's temper
- You are overly concerned about what kind of mood your partner is in
- Your partner prevents you from seeing your friends or family, or alienates them so that they are uncomfortable being around him
- Your partner threatens to hurt or kill you, your children, your family, friends or pets
- Your partner yells at you, reprimands you, or demeans you in public
- Your partner hits, slaps, pushes or shoves you, pulls your hair, or inflicts physical injury on you in any way
- Your partner prevents you from getting or keeping a job
- Your partner keeps you from leaving the house or locks you out of the house.
If you need help, here's what you can do:
- Call 911 and request Law Enforcement.
- Contact PCSO's Victim Services Unit: Melinda Smith (386)329-0481 and Kim Daley (386)326-2833. Services are available after hours by calling the Hotline (386)325-3141
- Contact the Lee Conlee House 24-hour Hotline at (386)325-3141 or 1-800-500-1119 to speak with someone who can talk to you about your options.
- Safely leave your home or have someone stay with you.
- Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.