Domestic Violence


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Domestic Violence is....
  •  A crime and a choice made by the batter.
  •  A pattern of controlling behaviours that may include physical, sexual or emotional abuse. It can be found in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

Even if your partner does not physically hurt you, threats of violence may be reinforced by intimidation, blame, denials, threats, isolation and force.

The violence can cause severe physical and emotional harm in adults and children.

  •  For help, call the Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline (352) 622-8495
  •  Ocala Police Department’s Victim Advocates at (352) 369-7139 or
    (352) 369-7134
  •  Marion County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate (352) 369-6762
  •  MCSO Crisis Intervention Specialists (352) 732-9111

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Experiencing Domestic Violence?

You May Be A Victim If Your Partner:
  • Kick, pushes, hits or slaps you
  • Curses, yells or call you names
  • Threatens to kill you or someone you love
  • Harms or threatens to kill animals
  • Controls all or most of the money
  • Is possesive or extremely jealous
  • Threatens to take your children
  • Doesn’t allow you to see friends or family
  • Tells you what to wear
What To Do.
  • Notify someone of the abuse
  • Talk with a counselor
  • Get help from the local Domestic Violence Center
  • Make a Safety Plan and update it regularly
  • Teach your children how to escape
  • Practice an excape plan
Leaving Can Be Very Dangerous
Planning Can Increase You Safety.
Safety Tips
  • Take threats seriously
  • Calls for assistance should be made from phones in a safe location
  • Use a babysitter who will keep your plans confidential
  • Identify transportation options through friends, family member, agencies or hotlines
  • Request confidentiality when working with agencies or other organizations
  • Ask a victim advocate to help you make a Safety Plan
  • Have a signal for help with trusted friends and neighbors
  • Identify someone on the job who can help you if you are in danger
  • Make a list of people you can count on incase you have to leave
  • Be Ready If You Decide to Leave

Your Safety Bag Should Be Left With Someone You Trust and Should Contain Important Items and Information Such As:

  • Identification and Social Security cards
  • Keys (spare set)
  • Checkbook
  • Bank statements
  • Money (if possible)
  • Address books
  • Birth certificates for you and your children
  • Insurance papers
  • Medicine, prescriptions and/or medical equipment
  • Pictures of the family that include the abuser
  • Proof of income: pay stubs, financial statements, EBT cards, etc.
  • Health care information, Medicare, Medicaid or WIC card
  • The abusers personal information, date of birth, social security number and place of employment