SAFETY PLANNING: WHEN VIOLENCE HITS HOME
BE PREPARED TO GET AWAY:
- Keep a spare set of keys, a set of clothes, important papers, prescriptions, and money with someone you trust.
- Keep any evidence of physical abuse (ripped clothes, photos of bruises and injuries, etc.)
- Plan the safest time to get away.
- Know where you can go for help, tell someone what is happening to you. Have the phone numbers of friends, relatives and domestic violence programs with you.
- Call the police if you are in danger and need help.
- If you are injured, go to the hospital emergency room or doctor and report what happened to you, ask that they document your visit.
- Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them; a room with a lock or a neighbor's house where they can go for help. Reassure them their job is to stay safe, not protect you.
- Arrange a signal with a neighbor, e.g., if the porch light is on call the police.
If you are looking for immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233