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Safety During A Violent Incident
- If an argument seems unavoidable, try to have it in a room or area that has access to an exit and not in a bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere near weapons.
- Practice how to get out safely: what doors, windows, elevators, stair wells or fire escapes to use.
- Keep purse and car keys ready in order to leave quickly.
- Tell a friend or neighbor about the violence and request they call the police if they hear suspicious noises coming from the home.
- Design a lights on/off system to let neighbors know if you are in trouble.
- Teach children how to use the telephone to contact the police and the fire department.
- Put all important numbers- including the domestic violence hotline- on speed dial.
- Use a code with children or friends so they can call for help.
- Teach some of these strategies to some/all of the children.
- Use judgment and intuition. If the situation is very serious, give the abuser what is wanted.
IF YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER FORGET THE PLAN - GET OUT!
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