- Have a packed bag ready and keep it at a relative or friends house that you trust. Place money, extra keys, copies of important documents,extra medicines and clothes if you have to leave in a hurry.
- Have phone numbers of shelters, hotline numbers close at hand.
- Identify someone in your neighbors that you can tell about the violence, and ask them to call police if they hear a disturbance.
- Device a code word to get your children, family or friends when you need police.
- Decide where you would go if you have to leave home.
- Practice getting out of the house safely through doors, windows, elevator, stairs …
- Open a checking/savings account and a credit card in your own name.
- Discuss safety plan with children.
- Inform your children’s daycare, school on who has permission to pick up kids.
Safety & Emotional Health
- Use your instincts and judgement
- ALWAYS REMEMBER = You do not deserve to be hit or threatened
- Have positive thoughts about yourself and be assertive about your needs
- Decide who you can talk to openly to give you the support you need
- Plan to attend a support group to gain support from others, and learn more about yourself and the relationship.
- Be safe. Have a personal safety plan. We found the personal safety plan by the Texas Council of Family violence to be very helpful.
- Click here to go to this personal safety plan link.
For more information visit: www.tcfv.org
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