If you feel your safety is at risk, or that the safety of you children is at risk, the top priority is making sure you and your children are safe. All adults have the responsibility to protect children from being victims of abuse or witnessing violence.
If you are in immediate danger, call the police right away. If you don’t feel safe at home, ask the police to take you and your children to the local transition house/shelter, a friend’s or a relative’s house.
You can ask the police about getting a protection order for you and your children. In addition to calling the police, be sure to call your local counseling agency or individuals to give you support and guidance.
If you are not in immediate danger but your partner:
Then contact one of the agencies or individuals on your ‘Contact Card’ to help you make a plan for the safety of yourself and your children
You do not have to wait until there is a crisis before you make a safety plan – do it now. It can include such things as: