Health & Safety

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Plan for Protection

Prepare for safety for yourself and your children. Health and happiness are your right!

No matter what the situation may be, your health and safety and that of your children is most important thing. Please take time to plan or call for assistance.
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Safety First

Keep track of stalking. Do’s and don’t for protecting yourself.

Tips to help you feel better

  • Take a deep breath. Let the air out very slowly. Imagine you are breathing in energy and breathing out tension. Do this several times

  • Shrug your shoulders. Hold for a count of five. Relax

  • Stretch your arms wide over your head, or as far as you can.

  • Go for a walk

  • Call a friend or family member who cares

  • Go to see a movie

  • Listen to soft music

  • Make a craft or paint a picture

  • Write a letter to someone or yourself

  • Take a bath

  • Read a book

  • Get your hair done

  • Take a nap

  • Treat yourself to an ice cream cone

  • Watch your favorite TV show

A safety plan for domestic violence

Safety During an Explosive Incident

  1. 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
  2. Practice how to get out of your home safely. Identify which doors, windows, elevator or stairwells work best.
  3. Devise a code word to use with your children, family, friends and neighbors when you need the police.
  4. Decide and plan where you will go if you have to leave home (even if you don’t think you will need to)
  5. Always remember–You don’t deserve to be hit or threatened.

Safety when preparing to leave

  1. Open a savings account in your name to establish or increase your independence.
  2. Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents and extra clothes with someone you trust so you can leave quickly
  3. Keep the shelter phone number close at hand and keep some change or a calling card on you at all times for emergency phone calls.

Safety in your Home

  1. Change the locks on your doors as soon as possible
  2. Discuss a safety plan with your children for when you are not with them.
  3. Inform you children’s school, day care, etc., about who has permission to pick up your children

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