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Reach out: Resources for domestic violence survivors

It might be scary to take that step, but there are many people who can help you. (Source: WAFF) It might be scary to take that step, but there are many people who can help you. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

In light of a domestic violence incident that left two people in the hospital, we wanted to look into the resources available for anyone dealing with a similar situation.

Unfortunately, domestic violence is fairly common, with 12 million women and men experiencing rape or physical violence from a partner every year, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. 

Over the weekend, Bradley Skinner violated a protection order for the fourth time and broke into his mother in law's house armed with a machete and a pistol. 

Before this incident, Skinner had broken his restraining order three times by texting violent and threatening messages to his wife saying (edited from original message), "You think you're safe, but you're not." 

Crisis Services of North Alabama offers free and confidential help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anyone who might need it. 

They have lawyers who can help you get a restraining order and also have places you can go if you feel you're in immediate danger. 

It might be scary to take that step, but there are many people who can help you. 

"We have so many great resources, and we're always willing to help and we'll do whatever we can," Krista Watson with Crisis Services of North Alabama said. "Obviously the number one priority is confidentiality and safety so, yes it's a scary situation - but we always, always suggest that they come forward and seek the resources." 

Domestic Violence helplines, available 24/7: 

  • Crisis Services of North Alabama - 256-716-1000
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-88-656-HOPE (4673)
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 303-839-1852
  • Safe Horizons Crime Victims Hotline - 1-800-621-4673
  • Safe Horizons Rape, Sexual Assault and Incest Hotline - 212-227-3000

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