Information and support is available for victims of abuse, their friends and family. If you are in danger, call 911, a local hotline, or a national hotline.
While only the person using abusive behavior can stop the abuse, a survivor does have options in how they respond to the dangers they’re being exposed to. Whether they’re thinking of staying or leaving, survivors of domestic violence can explore options through a support group or anonymous calls to their local domestic violence program, and can consider obtaining a protection order or staying shelter.
Domestic violence programs offer a variety of services including 24-hour crisis lines, emergency shelter or shelter referral, advocacy, safety planning, counseling, children’s services, legal and medical advocacy, and other free and confidential services for survivors and their children. The best answer is to contact your local domestic violence program for information on the services they provide.
All services provided by a domestic violence advocate working in a community-based program are confidential. This means that any information shared by a victim with an advocate will be held in confidence and cannot be shared. This is a privilege protected by law. A victim’s advocate shall not be examined as to any communication made to such victim’s advocate by a victim of domestic violence, as defined in section 18-6-800.3(1), C.R.S., or a victim of sexual assault, as described in sections 18-3-401 to 18-3-405.5, 18-6-301, and 18-6-302, C.R.S., in person or through the media of written records or reports without the consent of the victim.
Limitations to Confidentiality: There are very few limitations to confidentiality, and include only the reporting of known or suspected child abuse or neglect.
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