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Domestic Violence Victim: Emergency Plan

In a domestic violence victim emergency plan what you do can make the difference between life and death. Be prepared in advance by knowing what you should and should not do by preparing a domestic violence victim emergency plan . 

Domestic violence victim emergency plan  at home:

Avoid the kitchen, as it is jam-packed with weaponry such as knives, scissors and glassware.

Stay out of small spaces where you can become trapped, like closets and bathrooms.

Escape to a room having a door or window leading out of the house, get out and find help.

Get to a phone and call 911 or the local emergency number. Get the name of the dispatcher.

If the abuser goes outside, lock them out of the house if you can.

Figure out whom you can get to quickly for help, a neighbor or friend.

If the police arrive, get up the courage to tell him/her exactly what happened. Get their badge number.

Seek medical attention if you are injured.

Make sure you take photos of your bruises and any injuries.

Place a call to a shelter, domestic violence hotline or program and get them to assist you in devising a plan to help you be safe.

Precautions to protect yourself in a domestic violence victim emergency plan  in the home:

Find out in advance where to call for help. List and memorize all emergency phone numbers.

Have a phone installed in a room that locks from the inside. If possible get a cell phone and keep it in your bra or pocket at all times.

If your abuser has moved out of the house, get the locks changed immediately and have them installed on the windows.

Plan your escape and devise a route out of the house and practice this with your children.

Figure out a safe place to go if and when you escape.

Inform your neighbors of the problem if they don’t already know. Tell them to call the police if they notice the abuser hanging around. Agree on a signal you can make telling them to call police. It could be a shade pulled down, a certain light turned on, or their phone ringing and a hang-up after 2 rings.

Have a bag packed with important papers and items you’ll need if you have to leave in a hurry.

Hide it in a safe place or leave with a trusted friend or family member.

Include in your bag any court papers like a restraining order, divorce papers, birth certificates, medical records, immigration papers, passports for everyone and the medicines you take.

You’re going to need money so start stashing everything you can without being obvious.

Once you’ve escaped make sure to change your phone number and keep it unlisted.

To ensure your abuser or anyone he/she knows doesn’t get your new number, block Caller ID.

Screen all incoming calls.

Stay physically fit by taking a rigorous self-defense course.

In an domestic violence victim emergency plan  the law can help you:

Your local domestic violence victim emergency plan  hotline can advise you on getting a restraining order as well as the ins and outs of the criminal prosecution process.

Ask law enforcement to help you find a lawyer who can handle a domestic violence victim emergency plan .

In a domestic violence victim emergency plan  the U.S. a judge can:

Give you an order of protection forcing the abuser to stay away and leave you and your children alone.

Institute an order forcing the abuser to move out and leave the home.

Award you temporary custody of the children and order that the abuser pay you a specific amount of money for temporary child support.

Place an order allowing the police to come out to the home to oversee things as the abuser packs his/her personal belongings.

Award you possession of household furniture, the car and other items of necessity.

Order your abuser to attend anger management and/or a batterers’ intervention program for a specified length of time.

Order your abuser not to show up, call or in any way harass you at work.

Demand by order of the court that your abuser relinquish all firearms to the police.

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