Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
If you or a loved one is either currently experiencing or has suffered through domestic violence, it can be intimidating to speak up and reach out for help. Everyone deserves freedom from an unhealthy relationship and domestic violence, and the divorce attorneys at Rodier Family Law want you to know that you are not alone. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a great resource for victims of domestic violence, but there are other means provided to help those suffering and in need. Here, the divorce attorneys at Rodier Family Law discuss several other resources that are available to help those and their children involved in domestic violent relationships.
Hotlines for Help
As previously stated, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is one of the best resources for victims of domestic violence. It consists of highly trained expert advocates who are available 24/7 to speak with you confidentially about your current situation, as well as other online resources regarding help, advice, and victim stories. They can be reached on their website or by phone at 1-800-799-7233.
Other national hotlines available for help include:
- The Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline; you can call 1-800-656-4673 (1-800-656-HOPE) to get in contact with a member.
- The National Center for Victims of Crime – Victim Connect Resource Center; they can be reached at 1-855-484-2846 (1-855-4-VICTIM).
Some local Maryland hotlines are also available. This includes the:
- Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
- Maryland Coaltion Against Sexual Assault, and
- Maryland Children’s Alliance
In order to take legal action, the best approach is to speak with a compassionate and trustworthy attorney, such as those at Rodier Family Law, who can walk you through the process and help you find solace. However, there are additional resources available regarding legal services surrounding domestic violence. The National Crime Victims Law Institute as well as guidance from the Maryland Judiciary can provide adequate guidance and assistance on how to begin your legal case to press charges against the domestic violence you have endured.
Victim Compensation & Guidance
In order to provide victims with means of compensation, the state of Maryland has provided several resources. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board provides aid and assistance regarding compensation to domestic violence victims in Maryland, and the Sexual Assault Reiumbursement Unit aids in easing the reimbursement process that is associated with medical claims from domestic violence while also aiming to prevent revictimization. Additional guidance to victims of domestic violence include seeking out other housing arrangements as well as reviewing specific state guidelines and resources in Maryland.
Reach out to a Bel Air Attorney at Rodier Family Law
Domestic violence is horrible and traumatic; no spouse or child should have to endure the pain and suffering that is associated with it. It is extremely important to remove yourself and your loved ones from the harmful situation. Reaching out to a national or local hotline can provide victims with the immediate guidance and support they need. The resources provided, as well as guidance from a trusted attorney, can serve as additional support for victims of domestic violence. To speak with an attorney regarding a domestic violence lawsuit, contact us today.