Whether or not you feel able to leave your abuser, there are things you can do to enhance safety for yourself and your children. It is extremely important that you think ahead about what to do in the case of another attack. You may start by calling a hotline or meeting with a domestic violence advocate to safety plan.
If you’d like to speak with an advocate about safety planning, please contact a domestic violence advocacy organization in your area. Many of them offer a variety of resources, including safety planning as well as emergency shelter, financial assistance, legal information, and childcare.
Here are just a few things you can do that might increase your and your family’s safety:
- Contact one of the service organizations in your community to learn what can be done the next time your partner becomes violent.
- If you have been abused in the past, or believe you may be in the future, prepare for quick access to a phone, cash, clothing and other important items, such as keys, driver’s license and any important documents. If it is safe for you to do so, keep these items in an “emergency kit,” like a tote bag, purse, or other small container so you can easily grab it if you need to leave your home.
- Discuss your situation with a domestic violence advocate, they can assist you with safety planning or obtaining an Order of Protection. Trust your instincts, you know what is best for you.
Click here for more information on safety planning in various situations. Or, to learn more about emergency shelter and services; financial assistance; legal services; housing options; employment, read our Domestic Violence Handbook.