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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Violence Awareness & Response Program

Help for Survivors

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/varp/IPV/whattodo.html

If you are in an abusive relationship, here are some things to consider:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • Try not to wear scarves or long jewelry that could be used to strangle you.
  • Keep weapons, like guns and knives, as inaccessible as possible.
  • Create a safety plan and practice how to get out safely.
  • Have a bag of important documents prepared, hidden from the abuser. Include legal documents, driver's license, spare keys, money, medication, clothes, etc.
  • Consider filing for an Order for Protection (OFP) at the county courthouse. An OFP is a court order telling the abuser to stop harming, harassing, or threatening you. If the abuser is not a family member or a member of the household, you have the option to file for a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO).
  • Let trusted friends and neighbors know of your situation and develop a plan and visual signal when you need help.
  • Contact the Violence Awareness and Response Coordinator at 507-389-5127 for support and resources.
  • Become aware of and utilize On-Campus Resources and Contact Off-Campus Resources.
For more information on planning for your safety if you are with an abuser, if you are getting ready to leave, and if you have already left, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline's website.[PDF]
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