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For Native American Survivors

The following information comes from the “Native Battering Triangle.” The YWCA offers a weekly talking circle led by Native women, for Native women. Call 543.6691. MALE PRIVILEGE Treats her like a servant. Makes all the big decisions. Acts like the “king of the castle.” Defines men’s and women’s roles. ISOLATION Controls what she does, who… Read more »

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Tips For Family And Friends

Behavioral signs to look for if you think a friend or family member is being abused: Cannot do anything without checking with their partner Has become quiet or unusually withdrawn Seldom has any cash and is always making excuses about forgetting money Wears concealing clothing even in hot weather Has bruises when you see him/her… Read more »

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Internet Safety

*If you are in danger, please try to use a safer computer that someone abusive does not have direct or remote (hacking) access to. *There is an orange button across the bottom of this website. It is there for your safety. If you are interrupted, you can click the quick escape button on the bottom… Read more »

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Assessing the Level of Danger

There are 10 factors that may indicate that you are in a potentially lethal situation. Recognizing three or more of these factors in your relationship, increases the risk of lethality. 1. THREATS OF HOMICIDE OR SUICIDE: Kill her first, then the children, then himself 2. FANTASIES OF HOMICIDE: Plans with specific details 3. DEPRESSION 4. ACCESS TO… Read more »

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Is My Relationship Abusive?

Determining if you are in an abusive relationship is very important. While we would like to think that everything will be okay and that it will work out, sometimes this is not the case. The abuser can be of any race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. The following questions will help you determine if you… Read more »

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Local Resources

YWCA Pathways Program Shelter, support groups, 24-hour hotline 406.542.1944/1.800.483.7858 Crime Victim Advocates Criminal Justice Assistance & Orders of Protection: (406) 258-3830 First Step at St. Patrick Hospital Serving children, families, adults Investigation services, assessment, treatment, education, prevention 406.329.5776 SAFE- Ravalli County  SAFE offers emergency shelter to families who are being victimized by domestic violence.  Ravalli County Twenty-Four… Read more »

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STD Information

In most cases STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are transmitted through sexual activity involving the transfer of sexual fluids or skin-to-skin contact. How are STIs Spread? STIs can be spread several different ways. Infections can be sexually spread through vaginal, anal or oral intercourse, or contact without penetration (e.g. chlamydia, syphilis)…. Read more »

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Information For Male Survivors

There are many myths surrounding sexual assault. The truth is that sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender, yet male sexual assault is a startling reality for many men: Research indicates that about 1 in 6 boys (18 and under) and 1 in 10… Read more »

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Facts About Men & Rape

Unfortunately, many people do not realize that men, as well as women, may be sexually assaulted. Many people also wrongly believe that only gay men get raped, and that assaults against men are committed by gay men. Such misconceptions about rape may affect the way males rape survivors are treated, both by peers and professionals…. Read more »