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What to do about Domestic Violence
  1. If you are experiencing domestic violence: If you are in immediate danger or there is an emergency call 911. There is also a national 24-hour confidential domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You can also click here to find a safe and confidential shelter near you: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/abuse/domestic/gethelp.htm
     
  2. If you know someone experiencing domestic violence: If you talk with someone who discloses abuse, there are three simple and easy things to say that can help: "You deserve to be safe. This is not your fault. There is help available." Refer victims to the national 24-hour confidential domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or the DHS Web site.
     
  3. Community Action: Speak out in your community about the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Send a clear message that by joining together, our communities can make a difference for victims and their children. As a community leader, you have a unique opportunity to indicate the importance of a coordinated community response to end violence. Victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, child welfare caseworkers, health care providers, civil attorneys, educators and others all have an essential role to play in preventing violence and providing safety. Coordination of these roles is vital — ask how your community's response is coordinated. Contact your local domestic violence service provider if you would like help in speaking out.
     
  4. Program Support: Visit your local domestic violence crisis program and learn what it is doing right now to end violence in your community. Offer your help. (A list of programs in each county can be found at http://www.dhs.state.or.us/abuse/domestic/gethelp.htm). You can also become involved in the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: http://ocadsv.org/what-we-do
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