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Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker (karma: 4)
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member Comments: 8820, member since Sun Sep 12, 2004
On Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:01 AM
Made sticky by oz_helen (35388) on 2008-04-08 04:02:31

It seems as if one thread comes up about a stalker.. the thread fades away.. and then, another thread starts up.

there are people who just don't get enough of you. so, what do you do?

There are a few things I would suggest you do right off:

1. Get as much solid evidence as you can:

-- any threatening phone messages;
-- any physical evidence this person's done to you, your car, any personal possessions that have been damaged.
-- keep a log of details of how you encountered the person, what he did, approximate time.. place.
-- pictures/photographs of this damage;
-- any threatening text or email messages.

2. Next, arrange as soon as possible for a restraining order. If possible, have the clerk for the court serve the order the same day. Not only is this person NOT to touch you, but there needs to be a distance that they need to respect.

3. continue your log if this person persists with any harrassment.


I found the following to be quite helpful:

Domestic violence toward wo/men: Recognize the patterns and seek help

Content provided by MayoClinic.com

Your partner apologizes and says the hurtful behavior won't happen again. But you fear it will. At times you may start to doubt your own judgment, or wonder whether you're going crazy. You may even feel like you've imagined the whole thing. But the emotional or physical pain you feel is real. If this sounds familiar, you may be the victim of domestic violence.

Also called domestic abuse, intimate partner violence or battering, domestic violence occurs between people in intimate relationships. It can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse. Men are sometimes abused by female or male partners, but domestic violence is most often directed toward women. It can happen in heterosexual or lesbian relationships.

Unfortunately, domestic violence against women is common. It happens to teenage girls and women of all backgrounds. As many as 4 million women suffer abuse from their husbands, ex-husbands, boyfriends or intimate partners in the United States each year.

Recognizing abuse: Know the signs
It may not be easy to identify abuse, especially at first. While some relationships are clearly abusive from the outset, abuse often starts subtly and gets worse over time. For example, abuse may begin with occasional hurtful comments, jealousy or controlling behavior. As it gets worse, the abuse may become more frequent, severe or violent. As the cycle of abuse worsens, your safety or the safety of your children may be in danger.

You may be a victim of abuse if you're in a relationship with someone who:

o Controls finances, so you have to ask for money
o Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you
o Acts jealous or possessive, or accuses you of being unfaithful
o Tries to control how you spend your time, who you see or talk to, where you go or what you wear
o Wants you to get permission to make everyday decisions
o Gets angry when drinking alcohol or using drugs
o Scares you by driving recklessly
o Threatens to kill him or herself


You are very likely in an abusive relationship if you have a relationship with someone who does even one of the following:

o Hits, kicks, shoves, slaps, or chokes you or threatens you with violence or a weapon
o Forces you to have sexual intercourse or engage in sexual acts against your will
o Calls you names, insults you or puts you down
o Prevents you from going to work or school
o Stops you from seeing family members and friends
o Hurts, or threatens to hurt you, your children or pets
o Destroys your property
o Controls your access to medicines
o Blames you for his or her violent behavior or tells you that you deserve it
o Says that his or her abusive behavior is no big deal or even denies doing it
o Tries to force you to drop charges
o Tries to prevent you from calling the police or seeking medical care

An abusive relationship: It's about power and control.
Though there are no typical victims of domestic violence, abusive relationships do share similar characteristics. In all cases, the abuser aims to exert power and control over his partner.


Although a lot of people think domestic violence is about anger, it really isn't. Batterers do tend to take their anger out on their intimate partner. But it's not really about anger. It's about trying to instill fear and wanting to have power and control in the relationship. In an abusive relationship, the abuser may use varying tactics to gain power and control, including:

o Emotional abuse. Uses put-downs, insults, criticism or name-calling to make you feel bad about yourself.
o Denial and blame. Denies that the abuse occurs and shifts responsibility for the abusive behavior onto you. This may leave you confused and unsure of yourself.
o Intimidation. Uses certain looks, actions or gestures to instill fear. The abuser may break things, destroy property, abuse pets or display weapons.
o Coercion and threats. Threatens to hurt other family members, pets, children or self.
o Power. Makes all major decisions, defines the roles in your relationship, is in charge of the home and social life, and treats you like a servant or possession.
o Isolation. Limits your contact with family and friends, requires you to get permission to leave the house, doesn't allow you to work or attend school, and controls your activities and social events. The abuser may ask where you've been, track your time and whereabouts, or check the odometer on your car.
o Children as pawns. Accuses you of bad parenting, threatens to take the children away, uses the children to relay messages, or threatens to report you to children's protective services.
o Economic abuse. Controls finances, refuses to share money, makes you account for money spent and doesn't want you to work outside the home. The abuser may also try to sabotage your work performance by forcing you to miss work or by calling you frequently at work.

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Breaking the cycle: Difficult, but possible with help


Domestic violence is part of a continuing cycle that's difficult to break. If you're in an abusive situation, you may recognize this pattern:

o Your abuser strikes using words or actions.
o Your abuser may beg for forgiveness, offer gifts or promise to change.
o Your abuser becomes tense, angry or depressed.
o Your abuser repeats the abusive behavior.

Typically each time the abuse occurs, it worsens, and the cycle shortens. As it gets worse, you may have a hard time doing anything about the abuse or even acknowledging it. Over time, an abusive relationship can break you down and unravel your sense of reality and self-esteem. You may begin to doubt your ability to take care of yourself. You may start to feel like the abuse is your fault, or you may even feel you deserve it.

This can be paralyzing, and you may feel helpless or as though your only option is to stay in the abusive situation. It's important to recognize that you may not be in a position to resolve the situation on your own.

But you can do something - and the sooner you take action the better. You may need outside help, and that's OK. Without help, the abuse will likely continue. Leaving the abusive relationship may be the only way to break the cycle.

A number of government and private agencies provide resources and support to women who are abused and their children. These resources include 24-hour telephone hot lines, shelters, counseling and legal services. Many of these services are free and can provide immediate assistance.

1. Create a safety plan
Leaving an abuser can be dangerous. You're the only one who knows the safest time to leave. You may know you are in an abusive relationship and realize you need to leave as soon as you safely can. Or, you may be concerned about your partner's behavior and think you may need to get out at some point in the future. Either way, being prepared can help you leave quickly if you need to. Consider taking these precautions:

a. Arrange a safety signal with a neighbor as an alert to call the police if necessary.
b. Prepare an emergency bag that includes items you'll need when you leave, such as extra clothes, important papers, money, extra keys and prescription medications.
c. Know exactly where you'll go and how you'll get there, even if you have to leave in the middle of the night.
d. Call a local women's shelter or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 to find out about legal options and resources available to you, before you need them.
e. If you have school-age children, notify the school authorities or school counselor about custody arrangements and warn them about possible threats.
f. Keep your communication private
g. It isn't uncommon for an abuser to monitor mail, telephone and Internet communication. Take precautions to help maintain your privacy and safety by following these steps.

Telephone conversations

Avoid making long-distance phone calls from home. Your abuser could trace the calls to find out where you're going.
Be cautious when using a cell phone. Your abuser may be able to intercept conversations using a scanner. Switch to a corded phone if you're relaying sensitive information.
Be aware of controlling use of your cell phone. Your abuser may use frequent cell phone conversations or text messages as a way to monitor and control your activities. An abuser may also check your cell phone to see who has called, or attempt to check your messages.

Computer use
If you think your abuser is monitoring your computer use, the safest bet is to access a computer at a friend's house or at the library [or at the university]. If you do use a shared home computer,

**there are several steps you can take to help maintain your privacy:

o Use a Web-based program for e-mail. Programs such as Outlook Express, Netscape Mail and Eudora store sent and received e-mails on your computer. A Web-based e-mail service is safer. Most of these services - such Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo mail - offer free e-mail accounts.

o Store files on the Internet. You can store files online and access them from any computer. A few companies that offer this service are IBackup and HyperOffice. You can also store documents as attachments in e-mail programs.

o Change your password often. Choose passwords that would be impossible to guess. The safest passwords contain at least six characters, both numbers and letters. Avoid easily guessed numbers and sequences.

o Clear your Web-browser history. Browsers such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator keep a record of the Web pages and documents you have accessed. They also store graphics of images you look at. You can also use a program such as AbsoluteShield Internet Eraser or Speed Tracks Eraser to clear your Internet records. [In IE (Explorer) go to Tools, and then to Internet Options. Go to Browsing History, and click on Delete. This is mostly true of Firefox.)

o Clear your document history. Applications such as Word or Excel keep a record of edited documents. Don't store or edit any documents you don't want your abuser to see on a shared computer.


Where to find help

No one deserves to be abused. If you think you may be in an abusive situation, seek help or advice as soon as you safely can. There are many resources available to help you. The first step to getting out of an abusive situation may be as easy as making one phone call. In an emergency situation, call 911, your local emergency number or your local law enforcement agency. If you aren't in immediate danger, the following resources can help:

****National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE, or (800) 799-7233. Provides crisis intervention and referrals to in-state or out-of-state resources, such as women's shelters or crisis centers.

o Your doctor or hospital emergency room. Treats any injuries and refers you to safe housing and other local resources.

o Local women's shelter or crisis center. Typically provides 24-hour, emergency shelter for you and your children, advice on legal matters, advocacy and support services, and evaluation and monitoring of abusers. Some shelters have staff members who speak multiple languages.
Counseling or mental health center. Most communities have agencies that provide individual counseling and support groups to women in abusive relationships. Be wary of advice to seek couples or marriage counseling. This isn't appropriate for resolving problems of violence in intimate relationships.

o Local court. Your district court can help you obtain a court order, which legally mandates the abuser stay away from you or face arrest. These are typically called orders for protection or restraining orders. Advocates are available in many communities to help you complete the paperwork and guide you through the court process.

o Books and online resources. Learning more about how to cope with your situation and communicating with others who understand what you're going through can help you make strong choices.

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Website for National Domestic Violence And Safety Hotline:
ndvh.org

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
www.ncadv.org
has tabs and tips on how to protect yourself.. places where you can go.. various programs that will help, along with other resources.

More results from google search pertaining to: National Domestic Violence:

www.google.com . . .

A book that focuses on this issue.. they recommend buying it.. I'm sure any good library will have it:
www.safeandunfound.org

Go to this website.. and scroll down to the bottom third for additional informational sites:
www.revolutionhealth.com . . .|949269234

The Stalker Prevention Act -- for Wisconsin:
votesuder.com . . .

UK Domestic Violence hotline:
0808 2000 247
Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge)
see website: www.refuge.org.uk

Where to get help:
www.refuge.org.uk . . .

The Women's Aid hotline:
0808 2000 247 Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline
www.womensaid.org.uk

What this hotline connects you to:
"The helpline will provide access to 24-hour emergency refuge accommodation, as well as an information service, including safety planning and translation facilities to thousands of women who suffer at the hands of an abusive partner.

The new helpline will join together the Refuges' and Women's Aid existing helpline numbers to provide a single and unique freephone service. It builds on the charities' support services for women and children experiencing domestic violence.

The Government is committed to tackling domestic violence, an abhorrent crime which kills 2 women a week. This vital new national helpline will help ensure the safety of thousands of women and children who are in danger at home because of a violent partner. Women at risk will be able to get the help they need, when they need it, quickly, safely, and around the clock.

The Government and Comic Relief are each contributing £1m over 3 years towards the cost of developing new initiatives addressing domestic violence. The freephone help-line will receive £600,000 over 3 years. Research shows that abused women want a safe and easy way to receive information. Calls from landlines will not appear on the telephone bill.

As many as 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence at some point during their lives, and it accounts for almost a quarter of violent crime. Women and children fleeing violent partners often become homeless and are forced to live in temporary accommodation.

Friends and families of those who may be in danger can also call for support. "


Additional UK sites from the Domestic Violence google search:
www.google.com . . .

Australia domestic violence links and help:
www.google.com . . .

(02) 9385 2990

Freecall 1800 75 33 82 (only from fixed phones in Australia)
www.austdvclearinghouse.unsw.edu.au . . .


Please. I know this list is not complete. I've tried to include as much as I can. Please add anything you feel is pertinent to this list. this can benefit all of us, whether we're male or female.

We need to watch out for eachother.

Shadow.

6 Replies to Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker

re: Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker
By tappingangel Comments: 908, member since Sun Apr 27, 2003
On Tue Apr 08, 2008 02:45 AM
This is absolutely amazing.

I vote STICKY!!
re: Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker
By DeeDeesPremium member Comments: 4147, member since Fri Jan 26, 2007
On Tue Apr 08, 2008 02:47 AM
Sticky
re: Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker
By ShadowLunaCatPremium member Comments: 8820, member since Sun Sep 12, 2004
On Tue Apr 08, 2008 03:17 PM
Edited by Shadowsong (106208) on 2008-04-08 15:19:43 typo.. actually, google had it both ways: subpoenad and subpoenaed
And I DID leave some things out.

when I spoke of
"any physical evidence this person's done to you"


Not only did I mean pictures... but any MEDICAL RECORDS that would be furnished, any reports that any medical doctor or physician would have compiled, any charts, any x-rays.

An MD/surgeon could be subpoenaed to appear in court, and they could testify upon your behalf.

Another thing that this thread lacks.. any domestic violence prevention information for New Zealand.. etc. (Bermuda, Cuba, etc.) And, for Asia.. I don't have this information.

If you know it, please provide it.. as I said, this is to help ALL of us, so the more it's complete, the better it will be.

Thanks, all of you, for voting this to be a "sticky."

Thanks, Helen, for the official leg work.

Again, anything you find that can add information, help, etc., please don't hesitate to put it in!

If we don't watch out for eachother, who will??

S.
re: Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker
By Musicrazed13 Comments: 5, member since Sat Mar 21, 2009
On Sat Mar 21, 2009 08:50 PM
StickY!! This is so cool, I think that domestic violence is a VERY important issue, to teens and to women especially, but to everyone as well.
Thank you so much for posting this!
re: Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker (karma: 1)
By PlumeriaPremium member Comments: 3483, member since Sat Feb 26, 2005
On Sat Mar 21, 2009 09:41 PM
Also, a really good book to read on violence is "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. It teaches you how to predict violent behavior. It is a very, very good book.
re: Domestic Violence and How to Deal with a Stalker
By dancingdawg Comments: 210, member since Sun Jan 31, 2010
On Sat Feb 06, 2010 09:22 PM
Also, I had a friend who I know is a really nice guy, and he was in a relationship with a girl who "made up" being abused, to take the blame off of her and focus her parents anger towards him and off of her failure to attend class, and seek medical treatment for mental illness.

Domestic Violence is a horrible thing, please do not discredit other victims by embellishing or fabricating allegations. It only makes it harder for people in serious situation to get help and justice.

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