She said it is also important to help a victim have a safe way to leave their abuser, such as going to a domestic violence center like Sheltering Wings.
“You really want them to leave safety — use the resources in the community,” Randall said. “Most women murdered are murdered after leaving the relationship.”
There is a danger assessment for victims to use to see if they are in a domestic violence situation. That assessment may be found online at http://hccadv.org/danger.pdf.
“There are 20 questions that women can ask to help find the level of risk,” Randall said. “And people need to know that they can go to Sheltering Wings for help, but they don’t have to go and live there.”
Sheltering Wings operates a 24-hour hotline for victims of domestic violence at 745-1496. The advocates who operate this line can provide a well-informed listening ear; can assist with safety planning; and can provide shelter and service referrals. The shelter hotline can also help people get protective orders and come up with a safety plan, as all women who are in a domestic violence situation do not need to go a shelter.