You might decide to call the police or take legal action with an abusive partner. Laws addressing intimate partner violence vary state to state. Documenting abuse can help you or a loved one if they decide to take legal action. Read below to learn more about documenting abuse and resources available.
How to Document Abuse
Visit the doctor. Nurses and doctors are trained to recognize signs of abuse. Your health care provider could also be a safe resource for disclosing the abuse.
Gather evidence from family and/or friends. A trusted friend, coworker or family member can help document the abuse. Whether that’s a coworker making note of times your partner calls or texts you at the office, or a friend holding your journal at their house.
Create a stalking log. If your partner is stalking you, creating a stalking log can be very helpful. Download the RUSafe App to learn more.
Take pictures. Keeping pictures of injuries and/or damage is important. If you’re worried about keeping pictures saved on your own phone, ask someone you trust to take the pictures and keep them for you.
Let a call go to voicemail. If your partner is calling over and over, let it go to voicemail and save it.
Save digital evidence. Taking screenshots of multiple missed calls or threatening text messages and saving these images can be useful in documenting abuse. If you’re afraid to keep the images on your phone, send to someone you trust.
Learn more about police reports. If you’re unsure what will happen when you call your local police department, you can contact an advocate.
Source: National Domestic Violence Hotline