Call 911 if you or someone in your home is in immediate danger. We also recommend getting help from the Maine Domestic Violence Hotline.
It’s hard to talk about child and partner abuse, even with close friends or family. Most children who are being abused are also reluctant to talk about it. This section will help you handle these problems.
If you are being abused, or you think your children are being abused, don’t ignore it. Abuse is a serious problem, and you can get help. Again, we recommend the Maine Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-866-834-HELP. Or you may know a trusted person, such as a school counselor or health care provider, who you can talk to. Be aware that these professionals are legally required to report child abuse. If you believe your child is being sexually abused, we encourage you to contact the Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers: 1-800-871-7741.
If you suspect there is abuse in your home, or in the home of a child in your life, visit the Kids Guide and Teen Guide with the child. Go through all topics in a general way, including the “People Getting Hurt” and “Abuse at Home” information. Then, let the children go through this guide privately.
These Guides for kids and teens cover:
If an abused child reaches out to you for support, you should listen. Next, you should seek professional help for the child.
If you are being abused, remember:
It is important for adults and children who have survived abuse to seek help from a professional. Talk to a doctor, counselor, or agency in your community that specializes in treating survivors of abuse.