Know your rights and get help!
Know your rights and get help!

It is your basic right as a human being, a mother and a woman to live a life without violence. If you are the victim of domestic violence, you do have the right to call the police for emergency help, and to report the person who did it to you. This can be a difficult decision to make. But in the long run, removing yourself from a home where there is anger, fighting and violence, is best for you and for your baby.

There are two important ways to get help – support from family or friends; and support from special organizations that are trained to help.

Your first step should be to speak to a family member or friend. Make sure it is someone you can trust, someone who is interested in what is best for you, and someone who will not repeat your story to the wrong person. You can also get help and advice from people outside of the family. Find out how to get in touch with a social worker by asking at the clinic or police station.

You can reach out to the Stop Gender Violence Help line on 0800 150 150 or the National Counseling Line (Lifeline) on 0861 322 322.

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