After You Leave

Your safety plan should include ways to ensure your continued safety after leaving an abusive relationship.

 

Here are some safety precautions to consider:

  • Change your locks and phone number.

  • Make sure you have outdoor lighting and safe windows.

  • Call the telephone company to request caller ID. Ask that your phone number be blocked so if you call anyone, neither your partner nor anyone else will be able to get your new, unlisted phone number.

  • Change your work hours and the route you take to work.

  • Change the route taken to transport children to school or consider changing your children’s schools.

  • Alert school authorities of the situation.

  • If you have an order of protection, keep a certified copy of it with you at all times, and inform friends, neighbors and employers that you have a order of protection in effect.

  • Call law enforcement to enforce the order and give copies of the restraining order to employers, neighbors and schools along with a picture of the offender.

  • If you move to a different town, give local law enforcement a copy of your order of protection so that they can enforce it. All orders of protection are good in every state and reservation in the United States.

  • Consider renting a post office box or using the address of a friend for your mail or if it is available in your state,  enroll in a address confidentiality program. Be aware that addresses can be on orders of protection and police reports, and be careful to whom you give your new address and phone number.

  • Reschedule appointments of which the offender is aware.

  • Use different stores and frequent different social spots.

  • Alert neighbors and request they call the police if they feel you may be in danger.

  • Replace wooden doors with steel or metal doors. Install security systems if possible.

  • Install a motion sensitive lighting system.

  • Tell people you work with about the situation and have your calls screened by one receptionist if possible.

  • Tell people who take care of your children or drive them/pick them up from school and activities. Explain your situation to them and provide them with a copy of the restraining order.

  • Consider a getting a dog.

 


 

If you or someone you know has just left an abusive relationship,  please give us a call so we can help you create a safety plan.  The moment after leaving can be very dangerous and you don't have to face it alone!  

 

Our phone number is 928.679.7770 or email us at victimwitness@coconino.az.gov or Get Help Now!

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