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I am... A Survivor



Consider these tips for staying safe:

  • Plan what you should do before any violence occurs.

  • Identify your partner's use and level of force so you can assess danger to you and your children before it happens.

  • Avoid kitchens and bathrooms if violence occurs as many objects in these rooms can be used as weapons. Avoid rooms with no windows or doors. 

  • If violence is unavoidable, make yourself a small target; dive into a corner and curl up into a ball with your face protected and arms around each side of your head. 

  • Don't run to where your children are as they may also get injured. ​

  • Create several plausible reasons for leaving the house at different times of the day and night. 

  • Tell neighbors to call the police if they hear any suspicious noises coming from your house. 

  • If possible, always have a phone accessible and don't be afraid to call the police.

  • Teach your children how to get help. Instruct them not to get involved in the violence between you and your partner. Instruct them not to tell the abuser about the plan. 

  • Tell your children that violence is never right. Tell them that you are not at fault for the violence nor are they. 

  • Let trusted friends and neighbors know of your situation and develop a plan with them when you need help. 

  • Practice how to get out safely. Practice with your children. 

  • Back the car into the driveway and keep it fueled. Keep driver's door unlocked for quick escape. 

For help with creating a safety planning call our 24-hour crisis line through Partnership Against Domestic Violence at 770-963-9799




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