Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Resources
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, seek medical attention as soon as you can. If you are not offered EC when you go to the emergency room after a sexual assault, you have the right to tell your healthcare provider that you want to prevent a possible pregnancy and that you want to take emergency birth control. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted and need assistance, go to your local emergency room or contact West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services or The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE or www.rainn.org.
For more resources regarding sexual violence, sexual harassment and stalking, or rape crisis centers please contact WV Foundation for Rape Information and Services or call 304.366.9500.
If you are in immediate danger or need to report a rape call 911.
“Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior used by one person in order to maintain power and control in a relationship. Batterers repeatedly subject their victims to physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and financial tactics of control in order to force them to do something batterers want them to do without regard to the victims’ rights or well-being.”
If you are being abused, you should know that you are not alone and that there are resources in your state and community who are able to help you.
If you know someone who is being affected by domestic violence but are unsure of what to do, WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WVCADV) has resources to guide you. Before beginning the conversation, be sure to visit WVCADV’s website so you know how best to support someone who may be being abused and to learn about local domestic violence agencies and shelters in your community—and above all else, let the person know that you care about him or her. Remember, do not pass judgment or blame on the victim.
“Reproductive and sexual coercion involves behavior intended to maintain power and control in a relationship related to reproductive health by someone who is, was, or wishes to be involved in an intimate or dating relationship with an adult or adolescent. This behavior includes explicit attempts to impregnate a partner against her will, control outcomes of a pregnancy, coerce a partner to have unprotected sex, and interfere with contraceptive methods.”
If you are in a relationship in which your partner has tampered with your birth control or has coerced you not to use or obtain birth control methods that you decide upon, you are experiencing reproductive coercion, a form of domestic violence and control and power tactics.
WV FREE, WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and WV Foundation for Rape and Information Services are working to provide the medical community with more resources and a great understanding of what reproductive coercion is and how the medical community can help prevent and intervene in these circumstances.
To learn more about the reproductive coercion trainings that WV FREE, WVCADV, and WV FRIS offer to health care providers, please call 304.342.9188 or email Anduwyn at Anduwyn@wvfree.org.