It can be difficult to acknowledge that you or someone you care about is in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence does not always look the same, but there are some warning signs that indicate an unhealthy relationship. Take a few minutes to answer these questions:
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, it is important for you to get help. Call our Hotline.
The risk of sexual assault cannot be reduced to zero and even if you do not recognize these as warning signs, sexual assault is not your fault. Rapists are responsible for their actions, you are not. Watch out for people that:
If you are in or are planning to leave a violent relationship, it is important to make a safety plan first. Talk to someone you trust about your plan if possible. If you do not have someone or need help creating a plan, call our hotline at 570-346-4671 to talk to one of our crisis intervention counselors.
If you know someone that may be in an abusive relationship, you can call the Women’s Resource Center Hotline at 570-346-4671 or 1-800-257-5765 to talk about your concerns. Our knowledgeable counselors are available to talk to you, and all calls are kept confidential.
When trying to help someone who is the victim of sexual violence:
Refer them to the Women’s Resource Center hotline.
If you are seeking information about domestic violence or sexual assault and ways to get help, it is possible your partner can track this information. Please note the Quick Escape button at the bottom of every page should someone be watching you.
Your online activity can be monitored through a number of ways, including spyware, hacking, and keystroke loggers. Even if you are careful about deleting your browser history, it is still possible for someone to gather information about what you are doing with your computer.
If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for innocuous activities, like looking up the weather. Use a safer computer in a public library, at a trusted friend’s house, or an Internet Café to research an escape plan, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
It is not possible to delete or clear all the “footprints” of your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, it may be dangerous to change your computer behaviors such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
Email and text messaging are not safe or confidential ways to talk to someone about the danger or abuse in your life. If you do, use a safe computer and an account your abuser does not know about.
Toll Free: 1-800-257-5765
Lackawanna County: 570-346-4671
Susquehanna County: 570-278-1800