Safety StrategiesSafety Strategies

If you are in an abusive relationship:

      • Think of a relatively safe place to go if an argument occurs - avoid rooms with no exits (bathroom), or rooms with weapons (kitchen).

      • Think about and make a list of safe people to contact.

      • Keep cash and change with you at all times.

      • Memorize all important numbers or store them in your phone.

      • Establish a "code word or sign" so that family, friends, teachers or co-workers know when to call for help.

      • Think about what you will say to your partner if he/she becomes violent.

      • Have a set of clothes for yourself stored at a friend's house or at work in the event you need to flee.

      • Keep sets of important documents (savings account records, check books, safety deposit keys, birth certificates, school records, deeds, other legal documents) in a safe place that only you can access.

      • Take pictures of physical injuries resulting from the abuse.

      • If you have a protective order, carry it with you at all times. Make extra copies!!

      • Remember you have the right to live without fear and violence.

If you have left the relationship:

      • Change your phone number.

      • Screen calls.

      • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or other incidents involving the batterer.

      • Change locks, if the batterer has a key.

      • Avoid staying alone.

      • Plan how to get away if confronted by an abusive partner.

      • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.

      • Vary your routine.

      • Notify school and work contacts.

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Risk Reduction Strategies

      • Communicate your limits clearly. Tell them quickly, firmly, and clearly. Avoid giving mixed messages.

      • Know where you are going and be comfortable with the plans. Do not go anywhere with someone you do not know well. If you do leave a party with a new friend, tell the friends you came with where you are going and when you are coming back.

      • Drinking and drug use can impair you ability to think, act, or communicate clearly.

Tips for Dating Safety

1.  Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back

2.  Drive yourself or agree to meet your date somewhere

3.  Go with another couple

4.  Go somewhere public

5.  Use alcohol responsibly

6.  Say “no” when you feel like it

7.  Listen to your gut

8.  Watch your drink

9.  Carry cash

10.  Agree to check in with a friend at a certain time.

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