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    Safety Strategies

    Safety Strategies

    There Is No Excuse for ABUSE

    Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives, according to a 1998 Commonwealth Fund survey.

    Domestic violence is a systematic pattern of abusive behavior that may include:

    • Threats, intimidation, or throwing/breaking of objects
    • Name calling, isolation and control
    • Slapping, hitting, or punching
    • Grabbing, pushing, kicking, or strangling
    • Forced sex
    • Use of weapons

    Safety Strategies for Survivors

    If an incident occurs:

    • Try not to be trapped in a place where there is no exit or where there may be weapons
    • Call 911 and report bruises, injury, and damaged property
    • Seek medical attention and have doctor note how you were injured
    • Seek temporary safety at a hotel, with friends, or at a shelter
    • Obtain a protective order

    Overall strategies:

    • Create an exit plan with your children to prepare for the next incident
    • Pack a bag with clothes, important papers, money, medications and keys and keep it somewhere you can get to it if you have to leave
    • Build a support system
    • Get an escort to and from your car at work
    • Vary your daily schedule and routes
    • Find a job, start saving money and establishing credit

    Bay Area Turning Point can help you plan and accomplish these goals. Call our 24-hour crisis hotline at (281) 286-2525 to schedule an appointment with one of our advocates. We can help you plan for a safe and violence-free future.

    Abuse is never your fault. YOU DESERVE RESPECT.

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    provide a safe haven for an adult and 2 children for 1 night.