Is being hit or abused by a spouse or partner

Welcome! You have arrived at our web site designed to provide you with information about what to do if you, or someone you know, is being hit or abused by a spouse or partner.

Most Importantly, Take Action!

If YOU are being hit or abused by a spouse or partner:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Contact the UFPD Office of Victim Services at (352) 392-5648 or (352) 392-1111. A victim advocate can assist you with medical, legal and counseling services.
  • If you are hurt call 911 or a friend, and get to a hospital as soon as possible.
  • Report the incident to law enforcement. You can contact UFPD at (352) 392-1111.
  • Plan safe strategies for leaving an abusive relationship, and pack an escape bag. A victim advocate can help you to do this.

If SOMEONE YOU KNOW is being hit or abused by a spouse or partner:

  • Don’t be afraid to offer help.
  • Suggest that the victim speaks with a victim advocate, and make the call for them if necessary. Call the UFPD Office of Victim Services at (352) 392-5648 or (352) 392-1111.
  • Approach the victim in an understanding, non-blaming way.
  • Acknowledge that it is scary and difficult to talk about domestic violence.
  • Share information about domestic violence, social services, emergency shelters, counseling services and legal advice. All of this information may be obtained from a victim advocate.
  • Support the victim as a friend.
  • Ask if she has suffered any physical harm. Go with her to the hospital to check for injuries.
  • Help the victim report the assault to the police, and inform the victim about legal protection. A victim advocate can help you do this.
  • Help the victim plan safe strategies for leaving an abusive relationship.