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Intimate Partner Violence

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Do you ever feel like you or your children aren’t safe at home? Do you worry that someone you know isn’t safe at home? There is hope and there is help.

Everyone deserves a safe, caring home.

KC Metro Helpline

If you need assistance and shelter from family violence in the Kansas City area, call (816) 468-5463 (available 24 hours daily).

Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

Family violence comes in many forms

Family violence is sometimes also called “domestic violence” or “intimate partner violence.” It happens when someone in a family hurts another person in the family. Most commonly, the person hurting you might be your partner.

Does your partner:

  • Threaten to keep you from seeing your children?
  • Put you down and make you feel bad about yourself
  • Control where you go, who you see and who you talk to?
  • Follow you around and keep track of what you do?
  • Keep you from your family or friends?
  • Keep you from making or keeping money for yourself?
  • Threaten to hurt him/herself to get you to do things you do not wish to do?
  • Threaten to hurt you, your children or family pets?
  • Use or threaten to use weapons against you to make you feel afraid?
  • Physically hurt you or a member of your family?
  • Threaten to use your immigration status against you?

A relationship that makes you feel bad hurts your children, too

Children exposed to violence within their home are at risk for:

  • Behavior problems at home and school.
  • Having more health problems, such as asthma attacks and stomachaches.
  • Smoking, alcohol and drug use.
  • Learning disorders and trouble with school.
  • Growing up to be a victim of abuse.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Being injured or killed.

We can help you make a safety plan

Consider the following:

  • How can you keep yourself safe?
  • How can your children be kept safe?
  • Where can you go if you have to leave?
  • Who can you talk to about your situation?
  • Do your children know how to call 911 for help?

Get more information

Speak with your child’s provider today or call the KC Metro Helpline at (816) 468-5463 (available 24 hours daily).

Some of the ways Children’s Mercy can help include:

  • Counseling
  • Support groups
  • Safety planning
  • Shelter
  • Legal help
  • Restraining orders

Your immigration status won’t keep you from getting help.