If you in any way feel like you are in danger, we suggest following these safety tips to protect yourself. If there is every an emergency, please call 911. 

  • Have important phone numbers available to yourself and your children. (i.e. police, hotline, friends, emergency shelter, etc.)
  • Identify people you can tell about the abuse and agree upon ways they can assist you.
  • In case you need to leave your home, know places you can flee to.
  • Designate a person or safe place where you may leave extra money, clothing, car keys, etc.
  • Keep change for phone calls or have a cell phone and extra charger with you at all times
  • Open your own individual banking account and remove your name from other accounts
  • Rehearse an escape route and safety plan with a support person(s).
  • Change locks, install a security system, smoke detectors, and an outside lighting system.
  • Inform others (i.e. neighbor, coworkers, school officials, family, friends, etc.) that  this person/ partner should no longer be at your home.
  • Make sure your children’s caretakers are aware of those who have permission to pick up the children.
  •  If you have a restraining order, keep it with you at all times and copies to schools and childcare providers.
  • Create a network of support (i.e. neighbor, coworkers, school officials, family, friends, etc.) Join a support group, workshop, or religious groups to gain support and strengthen your relationships with other people.