Safety Plan

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When abuser is there:

  1. Stay out of rooms with no exit.
  2. Avoid rooms that may have weapons.
  3. Select a code word that alerts friends and children to call police.
  4. Leave suitcase and checklist items with a friend.

When abuser has moved out:

  1. Obtain an order of protection.
  2. Change locks on doors and windows.
  3. Insert a peephole in the door.
  4. Change telephone number, screen calls and block caller ID.
  5. Install/increase outside lighting.
  6. Consider getting a dog.
  7. Inform landlord or neighbor of situation, and ask that police be called if abuser is seen around the house.

Safety at work - what to do:

  1. Tell your employer.
  2. Give security a photo of abuser and order of protection.
  3. Screen your calls.
  4. Have an escort to your car or bus.
  5. Vary your route home.
  6. Consider a cell phone for your car.
  7. Carry a noisemaker or personal alarm.

Protecting your children:

  1. Plan and rehearse an escape route with your children.
  2. If it is safe, teach them a code word to call 911, and how to use a public telephone.
  3. Let school personnel know to whom children can be released.
  4. Give school personnel a photo of abuser.
  5. Warn school personnel not to divulge your address and phone number.
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