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NetworkGPS : Teaming up Against Domestic Violence - #NOMORE

Published on 12/24/2014
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Some other steps for helping victims survive are: 


Offer to get the victim a “safe” cell phone to call you, or the police in an emergency. A safe cell phone can be an old cell phone that isn't used any longer, but can be charged. Old cell phones in America can still call “911” for the police. Prepay cell phones can be purchased at electronics stores inexpensively. These phones aren't monitored, part of an account accessed by the abuser, and don't have a locating devise attached to them.


Offer your car to the victim for counseling, attorney appointments, or to go to the court house. The victim's car may have a monitoring/locating devise attached. You could also offer to run errands if needed. Once the victim leaves the abuser, they will still need a “safe” car so that they aren't stalked as easily.


If the victim wants to start moving out of their domestic violence situation, they may want to move some of their most treasured items to a safe location. Offer to store things for them, or get a storage unit for the victim to use. Follow the victims lead... they will know the safest way to move things without drawing attention, unless they are moving out completely while the abuser is away. Be very careful!! If only treasured things are moved, make sure that it isn't noticeable. The victim can also decorate with some of the abuser's special things, while leaving some of the victim's less treasured thing out.


Most victims aren't able to put together the money needed for the first month's rent, last month's rent and a damage deposit if they have to move out. Also, divorce attorneys require a retainer fee of approximately USD $1,500.00 - $2,000.00 to get started. You could start a savings account to assist the victim if needed.


As you move forward helping victims survive, this would be a good time to look into what assistance is available in your county, or state to assist the victim as they try to get on their feet. The shelters, YWCA, or YMCA may be able to offer assistance, or direct you to other agencies. Make sure you give the National Domestic Violence Hotlineinformation to the victim to carry at all times.

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