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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook

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Where can I go next?

There are shelters where people who understand your situation can help you and give you a place to stay. You can get counselling, and your children can take part in different programs. Shelters are safe and secure places to stay, and they are free.

You might want to stay with family or friends. Be careful about staying with someone who does not fully understand the situation. They might encourage you to return to your partner, which could lead to more abuse. Or, they might tell your partner where you are. Think about whether you will feel safer at a shelter. Your partner might be able to find you if you stay with someone he knows.

If there is no shelter in your area or you do not wish to contact a shelter, you can call a crisis helpline. They will refer you to community resources and services. You do not have to give your name.