Domestic Violence

Victim Adovocate Unit

Belton, Missouri

 Police Department

7001 E. 163rd St.
Belton, MO  64012


General Calls: 816.331.5522
Dispatch: 816.331.1500 
TIPS: 816.348.4499 
Fax: 816.322.7057 

Elizabeth Crow

Victim Advocate

816-348-4430

ecrow@beltonpd.org

Cama Suess

Victim Advocate

816-348-4434

CSuess@beltonpd.org

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Healthy Relationships...

Everyone desires to be loved and

accepted and there is absolutely

nothing wrong with that.

Yet true love is self-less and respectful.

If someone cannot give you that, then they don't deserve a place in your life.

Boundaries

It is healthy to set boundaries in a relationship. Even before getting into a relationship you should set your own personal boundaries and a method of accountability. Communication is key. You should feel safe sharing your boundaries with your partner. A key sign of an unhealthy relationship is if your partner demeans or disregards your boundaries. 

Communication

You should feel safe discussing uncomfortable topics with your partner. In a healthy relationship you should be able to state your opinion and work through an issue without feeling dismissed, demeaned, or threatened. Of course, you need to be able to give your partner the same respect.

(thinkpozitiv.com, 2017)

Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship

Does the person I am with....

  • Disrespect me or others

  • Always check up on me

  • Demands my constant attention or time

  • Sets limits on who I talk to or spend time with

  • Undermine my talents, goals or appearance

  • Make threats against me or others

  • Force me to have any type of physical contact

  • Ever use drugs or alcohol to get me to do things

  • Gets angry easily and cannot work through a conflict

  • Ever slapped, hit, punched me - even jokingly

  • Refuse to get to know my family

  • Try to control my decisions

If ANY of these are true of your relationship you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship

(Hope Haven flier, n.d.)

Internet and Social Media Safety...

Social Media

Once you post something online you no longer have a lot of control over who or how that information is used. 

Here are a couple safety tips...

  • Change your privacy settings

  • Avoid public Wi-Fi services

  • Ask permission before posting personal information about some else and ask that they do the same for you

  • Refuse access to your physical location - some sites make this information public

  • Before you post something personal ask yourself if you are comfortable with anyone having access to it, even with privacy settings there is always a safety risk.

  • Report to the site host anything that makes you uncomfortable

 

If you ever come across images or content regarding abuse of a child report them to the CyberTipline

Meeting an Online Friend

  • Meet in a public place until they earn your trust. Have your own ride to and from the destination.

  • Let a friend know the who, where, when, and how long of the meeting. Have them check in with you at a specific time.

  • Wait to reveal too much personal information until they've gained your trust.

  • Have an exit plan for if you feel uncomfortable or threatened. 

  • If you are traveling a long distance for this encounter have your own resources in place. Find your own lodging, pay for your own travel, or have a friend travel with you. You may consider having a video chat before meeting for the first time.

(RAINN.org, 2017)

Go Out in Groups

Arrive together and leave together. Watch out for each other and step in if something doesn't seem right. 

Know Your Limits

Don't drink on an empty stomach and drink plenty of water. Be aware of how you are feeling and your personal consumption limits.

Trust Your Instincts

If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at any point remove yourself from the situation. 

(RAINN.org, 2017)

References:

Abbey, A. (2001). The relationship between the quantity of alcohol consumed and the severity of sexual assaults committed by college men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 18(7).

Greenfeld, L. A. (1997). Sex offenses and offenders: An analysis of data on rape and sexual assault. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Retrieved from https://bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/SOO.PDF

Hope Haven. (n.d.) Dating violence flier

TheMamaBearEffect.org. (n.d.) Image retrieved from http://www.themamabeareffect.org/free-downloads.html

Maraboli, S. (n.d.) Image retrieved from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/54465476723526674/ 

Palmer, J. E. (2016). Recognizing the continuum of opportunities for third parties to prevent and respond to sexual assault and dating violence on a college campus. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 18(1), 1-18. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/cpcs.2015.18

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Alcohol safetyRetrieved from https://rainn.org/articles/alcohol-safety

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Meeting offlineRetrieved from https://rainn.org/articles/meeting-offline

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Steps you can take to prevent sexual assaultRetrieved from https://rainn.org/articles/steps-you-can-take-prevent-sexual-assault

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. (2017). Social media safety. Retrieved from https://rainn.org/articles/social-media-safety

ThinkPositiv.com. (2017). Image retrieved from http://thinkpozitiv.tumblr.com/post/164613226496/without-respect-love-is-lost

Wolchin, R. (n.d.) Image retrieved from http://www.rachelwolchin.com/the-fameless/my-picture-quotes/nggallery/page/3