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Safety Tips for you and your family

Post by Jade » Sat Aug 20, 2005 1:23 am

The following information was taken from a site I found while searching the net one day a few months ago. click here for the full article

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Safety Tips For You And Your Family

IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, CALL 911
or your local police emergency number

To find out about help in your area, call:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Whether or not you feel able to leave an abuser,
there are things you can do to make yourself and your family safer.




IN AN EMERGENCY




If you are at home & you are being threatened or attacked:

Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives, there)
Stay away from bathrooms, closets or small spaces where the abuser can trap you
Get to a room with a door or window to escape
Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can
Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher's name
Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help
If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name & badge number
Get medical help if you are hurt
Take pictures of bruises or injuries
Call a domestic violence program or shelter (some are listed here); ask them to help you make a safety plan



HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AT HOME

Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers
Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellular phone that you keep with you at all times
If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on the windows
Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children
Think about where you would go if you need to escape
Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the police, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on
Pack a bag with important things you'd need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust
Include cash, car keys & important information such as: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers
Get an unlisted phone number
Block caller ID
Use an answering machine; screen the calls
Take a good self-defense course



HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILDREN SAFER

Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help
Teach them how to get to safety, to call 911, to give your address & phone number to the police
Teach them who to call for help
Tell them to stay out of the kitchen
Give the principal at school or the daycare center a copy of your court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; use a password so they can be sure it is you on the phone; give them a photo of the abuser
Make sure the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser
Make sure that the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE



HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF OUTSIDE THE HOME

Change your regular travel habits
Try to get rides with different people
Shop and bank in a different place
Cancel any bank accounts or credit cards you shared; open new accounts at a different bank
Keep your court order and emergency numbers with you at all times
Keep a cell phone & program it to 911 (or other emergency number)



HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF SAFER AT WORK

Keep a copy of your court order at work
Give a picture of the abuser to security and friends at work
Tell your supervisors - see if they can make it harder for the abuser to find you
Don't go to lunch alone
Ask a security guard to walk you to your car or to the bus
If the abuser calls you at work, save voice mail and save e-mail
Your employer may be able to help you find community resources



USING THE LAW TO HELP YOU

Protection or Restraining Orders

Ask your local domestic violence program who can help you get a civil protection order and who can help you with criminal prosecution
Ask for help in finding a lawyer
In most places, the judge can:

Order the abuser to stay away from you or your children
Order the abuser to leave your home
Give you temporary custody of your children & order the abuser to pay you temporary child support
Order the police to come to your home while the abuser picks up personal belongings
Give you possession of the car, furniture and other belongings
Order the abuser to go to a batterers intervention program
Order the abuser not to call you at work
Order the abuser to give guns to the police
If you are worried about any of the following, make sure you:

Show the judge any pictures of your injuries
Tell the judge that you do not feel safe if the abuser comes to your home to pick up the children to visit with them
Ask the judge to order the abuser to pick up and return the children at the police station or some other safe place
Ask that any visits the abuser is permitted are at very specific times so the police will know by reading the court order if the abuser is there at the wrong time
Tell the judge if the abuser has harmed or threatened the children; ask that visits be supervised; think about who could do that for you
Get a certified copy of the court order
Keep the court order with you at all times



CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Show the prosecutor your court orders
Show the prosecutor medical records about your injuries or pictures if you have them
Tell the prosecutor the name of anyone who is helping you (a victim advocate or a lawyer)
Tell the prosecutor about any witnesses to injuries or abuse
Ask the prosecutor to notify you ahead of time if the abuser is getting out of jail



BE SAFE AT THE COURTHOUSE

Sit as far away from the abuser as you can; you don't have to look at or talk to the abuser; you don't have to talk to the abuser's family or friends if they are there
Bring a friend or relative with you to wait until your case is heard
Tell a bailiff or sheriff that you are afraid of the abuser and ask him/her to look out for you
Make sure you have your court order before you leave
Ask the judge or the sheriff to keep the abuser there for a while when court is over; leave quickly
If you think the abuser is following you when you leave, call the police immediately
If you have to travel to another State for work or to get away from the abuser, take your protection order with you; it is valid everywhere

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For brochures or a diskette containing the above information, please contact Sonia Schroeder, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, at 312-988-6229 or via e-mail at schroeders@staff.abanet.org. A complete materials distribution kit is also available by request.

For additional information on domestic violence, please visit the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence.
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Re: Safety Tips for you and your family

Post by Jade » Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:33 am

I just copied this to my new computer. Very useful and helpful information here. I'm glad I found this a long time ago and posted it here. I just hope people have read it.
sticks and stones are hard on bones
aimed with angry art,
words can sting like all things
but it's silence that breaks the heart
click here to view **MY ARCHIVE**

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