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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.