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Personal Safety Tips

No one deserves to be abused. If things get out of hand, it’s good to have a plan.

When a fight breaks out:

Move away from the kitchen, bathroom or any place where there are dangerous objects.

Plan the easiest escape. Decide on a door or window to exit quickly and safely.

Find a neighbor, friend or family member you can trust to help you and your children, or to call police.

If you decide to leave your partner, plan for safety:

Every situation is different! Contact the National

Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) for information on how to plan for safety. Leaving may be risky for you and your children.

Put some money away. Even if you only save a little bit every week, you need to have some money of your own.

Make copies of keys and important papers and leave them with a friend, neighbor, or church. Some important items to have: birth certificates, legal papers, a little money.

Ways to stay safe on your own:

Change the locks on your doors.

Learn about your legal rights. If you have legal papers to protect you, keep them with you at all times.

Tell neighbors, friends, landlords or coworkers that your partner no longer lives with you. Keep a safety plan for coming and going, and share it with people you trust. Teach your children about the safety plan.

If your former partner is dangerous, find someone at work to tell. 

Show a picture, and ask them to call 911 if your former partner comes around.

If you need other ideas or a local referral, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.