Are you a victim of crime or abuse in crisis?
Call our 24 Hour Confidential Crisis Line: (931) 381-8580
Contact the Center of Hope Office: (931) 840-0916
Maury County Sheriff’s Department–(931) 380-5733
Columbia Police Department-–(931)388-2727
Spring Hill Police Department–(931) 486-3270
Mt. Pleasant Police Department–(931) 379-3201
EMERGENCIES Dial 911
It is NOT your fault. You are NOT alone. THERE IS HOPE.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence and abuse, rape and sexual assault or stalking it is important to remember that you are not alone.
According to recent statistics:
One in 4 women and one in 12 men have been victims of domestic violence and abuse.
One in 6 women and one in 33 men have been sexually assaulted.
6 million women and men in the United States are victims of stalking each year.
Remember, no matter what, you are not to blame and there is hope. No one deserves to live with emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. You have choices:
Tell a Trusted Friend or Family Member
Silence and isolation reinforces abusive behavior, allowing the abuse to continue to thrive. Speaking out might seem like a very risky and scary thing to do but by keeping quiet you are putting yourself in much greater danger. Telling someone about your situation may be difficult, but taking positive action to end the abuse is easier with support.
Make a Safety Plan and an Escape Plan
Preparation includes planning where to go, what to do and being aware of your surroundings in case of a violent incident.
File for an Order of Protection
Although the protection offered by a protective order has limits, breaking any part of this order can mean jail time for the abuser. Serious consequences for the abuser can result in greater safety for you.
Counseling can help you raise your sense of self-worth, empower you to make healthy choices about your life, and realize that you are not to blame for what happened.
If you are in fear for your physical safety, go to the home of a friend, relative, neighbor, or to a shelter for victims of intimate partner abuse.
Center of Hope is a community-based agency that offers individuals in and around Maury County safety, support and understanding of the abuse they have experienced. We provide victims and their families with the information, support and skills they need to heal and move beyond the abuse and onto the fulfilling lives they deserve.