If you are in immediate danger, call 911. For anonymous and confidential help and support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
Domestic Violence is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive
behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.
It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of
domestic violence can vary dramatically (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence).
Anyone can be a victim.
Anyone can be an abuser.
There is no "typical" abuser. It doesn't matter if they are male or female; what matters is how they treat their partner. Sex, sexual orientation, culture, class, religion, and marital status do not determine whether or not one will be abusive or abused. Abusers often use tactics of physical and emotional violence to get what they want, and the victim is never at fault for his or her abuse or for staying in an abusive relationship. Oftentimes, a victim's reasons for staying are complex and vary from person to person. These reasons range from fear of the possible repercussions of leaving (decline in housing standards, loss of child custody, even death), to religious or cultural beliefs, to the feeling that the relationship isn't all bad. These fears do not need to become a reality. It is up to the victim if and when to tell others that they are being or have been abused, but there are resources out there to ensure the safety and eventual healing of those involved. Follow the links below to learn more.
Resources for McLean County
Mid Central Community Action - Neville House - Bloomington IL Domestic Violence Shelter & Resources
24/7 Hotline (309) 828-8913
YWCA's sexual assault resource Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones (309) 662-0461
PATH 24-Hour Hotline (309) 827-4005 OR (800) 570-PATH
Normal IL Police Department Domestic Violence Unit
Normal Police Department (309) 454-9535
McLean County Sheriff's Domestic Violence Unit
Domestic Crimes Unit Deputy Morganne Trickett (309) 888-5049
Bloomington IL Police Department Domestic Violence Resources
Bloomington Police Department (309) 820-8888
Domestic Violence Unit (309) 434-2358
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
ICASA (217) 753-4117
Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line (877) 863-6338
Over 53 specialized national resources to help survivors of domestic violence, with resources for women, men, and children, and resources specific to race, ability, sexual orientation, and citizenship status as well.