On this page you will find many useful resources for yourself or a loved one. Please contact AWARE for additional information or call our 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517)783-2861 to speak with a trained advocate.
- Domestic Violence
There are numerous websites with helpful information regarding domestic violence. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, please contact AWARE on our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517)783-2861. We are here to help.
- Statistics on Domestic Violence
- Power and Control Wheel Explaining Domestic Violence
- Create My Personalized Safety Plan
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
- Joyful Heart Foundation
- Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Sexual Assault
There are an abundance of resources available to help you learn more about sexual assault. If you or a friend needs help, please contact AWARE on our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861. We are here to help.
Stalking is a crime of power and control. The following resources may be helpful to you to understand what stalking is, different types of stalking that can occur, and how you can get help. If you have any questions or would like to talk to AWARE immediately please contact AWARE via our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861. We are here to help.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance, and is repeated over time. Bullying behaviors are harmful and can have long lasting effects on child being bullied, and also the child who bullies and the school or community where it occurs.
Bullying behaviors often include:
- Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
- Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once, and is an ongoing pattern of behaviors.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Who is at Risk?
No single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others. Bullying can happen anywhere—cities, suburbs, or rural towns. Depending on the environment, some groups—such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth—may be at an increased risk of being bullied. (stopbullying.gov)
Generally, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:
- Are perceived as different from their peers, such as being overweight or underweight, wearing glasses or different clothing, being new to a school, or being unable to afford what kids consider “cool” items or clothing
- Are perceived as weak or unable to defend themselves
- Appear sad, anxious, or have low self image
- Are less popular than others and have few friends
- Do not get along well with others, seen as annoying or provoking, or antagonizing for attention
These risk factors do not mean that a child will be bullied, and no one ever deserves to be bullied.
Resources for Caregivers
There are many warning signs that may indicate someone is either being bullied or bullying others. It’s not easy to ask for help. Recognize potential signs to intervene early.
Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:
- Unexplainable injuries
- Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
- Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
- Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating.
- Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
- Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
- Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
- Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
- Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide
If you know someone in serious distress or danger, get help right away.
If you believe your child is a victim of bullying:
- Let your child know that you believe them, and that you take their fears and concerns seriously.
- Talk to your child, ask questions, show support, and act on the information he or she gives you.
- Commit to your child that you will help him or her in any bullying situation.
- Work together to make a plan for bullying – whether it happens to your child or if he or she sees it happening to someone else.
- If your child is withdrawing, avoiding school, skipping school, or getting emotional, find out why.
- Seek professional help if the bullying is negatively affecting your child.
- Contact law enforcement if you think a crime has been committed or seek legal advice.
Under Matt’s Safe School Law, every school is required to adopt an anti-bullying policy. Ask about your school’s policy and procedures for reporting acts of bullying.
You can contact your child’s school and ask for a copy of the school’s bullying policy. Become familiar with the Michigan anti-bullying law.
For more information and resources on bullying:
There are many great resources available for teens who want to know more about dating violence. Whether you or your friend needs help, don’t hesitate to contact AWARE on our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861.
- College Students
Living on a college campus can be great – late night dorm chats, freedom from your parents, new friends, and tons to do. Even if you are a commuter to your college, college can open up a whole new world of exciting opportunities for you as you pursue your career and life goals.
Dating violence, date rape, and stalking are all things that you, as a college student, may not prefer to think about. However, with as many as one in four female students experiencing sexual assault over the course of their college career and 60% of acquaintance rapes on college campuses occurring in a casual or steady dating relationship, it’s important that you stay informed on ways to protect yourself, practice safe dating, and know how and where to get help if you need it. Additionally, you can use this page to help you discover ways you can get involved and join the cause to help eliminate dating violence all together.
Is This Abuse?
Sometimes it can be confusing to know whether domestic and/or sexual violence has occurred. If you know you’ve been abused and need immediate help, please call our confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at (517) 783-2861. If you need more information to determine whether you or someone you know has been abused, please choose one of the topics below to learn more about the signs of abuse and what you can do to get help.
Click on a subject below to learn more about abusive behavior.