Think You're Abused? - Los Angeles LGBT Center

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Think You're Abused?

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Survivor Tips and Recommendations

If you are an LGBT victim/survivor of domestic violence:

  • Know that you are not responsible for your partner's abusive behavior.
  • You have the right to a safe and healthy relationship.
  • Establish contacts with friends and family so you have a safe place to go.
  • Consider obtaining a restraining order to aid in your protection. We can assist you.
  • Talk to a counselor who is trained in LGBT domestic violence issues. Warning: couples counseling can potentially make your situation more dangerous!

Follow the safety plan below or develop an individualized safety plan that fits your unique needs and concerns in conjunction with a LGBT-domestic violence specialist.

Safety Planning

  • Leaving an abusive relationship without a safety plan, support and information about your options is potentially dangerous and can put your life and well-being at risk.
  • Keep a bag packed that is ready to go and easy to grab at a moment's notice in case you need to leave quickly.
  • If an argument seems unavoidable, try to move to a room with easy access to an exit. Do not relocate to a bathroom, kitchen or any location where there are potential weapons.
  • Keep emergency cash hidden where you can get to it quickly. Keep important papers with you or in your packed bag so you will have them when you leave.
  • Devise a code word to use with your family, children, friends or neighbors to alert them if you need the police.
  • If the situation is dangerous, use your best judgment to keep yourself safe. Call the police as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • You have the right to obtain a restraining order. Keep the restraining order with you at all times. Leave extra copies at work, with a friend, in your car, etc.

Checklist: What You May Need to Take When Leaving

  • Identification: birth certificates, driver's license
  • Money, ATM card, checkbook, credit card, cash
  • House and car keys
  • Photos of injuries your partner inflicted on you
  • Legal papers: Copy of restraining order, medical records, paternity or custody papers, etc. Address book, important telephone numbers
  • Work permits, green card, passport, etc.
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Medications and other medical supplies

If this is an emergency, call 911! Call us at: 323-860-5806 or send an email message to [email protected] After regular business hours, you can also call the 24-hour national domestic violence hotline at 888-799-7233 (SAFE).


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