Protecting Yourself
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Protecting Yourself from Family Violence


  • Keep a diary of the abuse and threats.

  • If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on all doors and put locks on the windows.

  • Keep a phone (cellular) in a room that you can lock from the inside.

  • Plan an escape route out of your home and teach it to your children.

  • Know a safe place where you can go if you need to escape.

  • Hide an .escape bag. that includes important things you need if you have to leave quickly. This may include money, medications, house/car keys, court papers, passport, birth certificates, marriage/divorce papers, social security cards, medical records, bank records, lease/mortgage papers, care registration, and address book. Anything that is important.

  • Let your neighbors know about the abuse and make a safety plan that may include a signal to call police.

  • Get an unlisted number.

  • Get caller ID.

  • Use an answering machine to screen calls and record threat/messages.

  • Take a self-defense class.

  • Call the police and make a report every time you feel threatened.

  • Change your regular travel habits.

  • Get rides with different people.

  • Shop in different places

  • Open new bank accounts in your name only.

  • Keep court orders and emergency numbers with you at all times and at work.

  • Keep a cell phone and program it to dial 911.

  • Give a picture of the abuser to security guards where you work and live.

  • Make sure supervisors know that you are trying to protect yourself.

  • Ask security to walk you to your car.