Safety While Living with an Abusive Partner

While living with an abusive partner,  there are different ways in which you can keep you,
your children and your pets safer.   

 

You can always call us - we are happy to create a safety plan with you.

 


 

  • Identify your partner’s use and level of force so that you can assess the risk of physical danger to you (and your children) before it occurs.

  • Identify safe areas of the house where there are no weapons and there are ways to escape. If arguments occur, try to move to those areas.

  • If you have children, don’t run to where the children are, as your partner may hurt them as well.

  • If violence is unavoidable, make yourself a small target. Dive into a corner and curl up into a ball with your face protected and arms around each side of your head, fingers entwined.

  • If possible, have a phone accessible at all times and know what numbers to call for help. Know where the nearest public phone is located.  If your life is in danger, call 911. If you need a 911 phone, call us!  We will provide one for free.

  • Let trusted friends and neighbors know of your situation and develop a plan and visual signal for when you need help.

  • Teach your children how to get help. Instruct them not to get involved in the violence between you and your partner. Plan a code word to signal to them that they should get help or leave the house.

  • Tell your children that violence is never right, even when someone they love is being violent. Tell them that neither you, nor they, are at fault or the cause of the violence and that when anyone is being violent it is important to stay safe.

  • Practice how to get out safely. Practice with your children.

  • Plan for what you will do if your children tell your partner of your plan or if your partner otherwise finds out about your plan.

  • Keep weapons like guns and knives locked away and as inaccessible as possible.

  • Make a habit of backing the car into the driveway and keeping it fueled. Keep the driver’s door unlocked and others locked — for a quick escape.

  • Try not to wear scarves or long jewelry that could be used to strangle you.

  • Create several plausible reasons for leaving the house at different times of the day or night.

 


If you need us to help you with a safety plan:

 call us at 928.679.7770  or email us at victimwitness@coconino.az.gov or Get Help Now!

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