What Steps to Take If You're in a Domestic Abuse Situation

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CASPER, Wyo. Both men and women can be affected by domestic violence, and experts understand how important it is to make sure victims know they do not deserve to be treated that way.

"We have case management here that can meet with the women and help them through the situation and get them to the right referrals in our community that can really be of help to them in their crisis situation." Said Jackie Pickinpaugh, the Directors of Women's Services at Wyo Mission.

Some victims struggle with who to tell or how to tell them.

"and so anytime anyone feels that they are in danger we would ask that they call the police department. If its an emergency please call 911 and we will send officers immediately." Said Lt. Jeremy Tremel of the Casper Police Department.

If you are wondering what to do if you feel unsafe in your living conditions, but there is no violence currently happening, there are still steps to take to feel safe.

"If there is anybody that just wants to come in to talk with us, if they are concerned about the situation that they are in, they are welcome to come down to the police department and talk with an officer or one of our victim service providers ." Said Tremel.

If you would rather leave the situation and seek a safe place, you do not need to be homeless to find shelter at the Wyoming Rescue Mission.

"just to continue in the things that has given them comfort in the situation that they're in and I think just to you know encourage them that they're better than that and they are worth more than that." Explained Pickinpaugh.

If you find yourself in this situation, reach out for help.