Safety Strategies

For more statistics on domestic violence visit: NCADV

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
  • Seek information regarding protective order

Overall strategies:

  • Create an exit plan with your children to prepare for the next incident
  • Observe patterns of abusive behaviors to avoid triggers
  • Keep a list of phone numbers memorized in case something happens to your mobile device
  • 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

If you are ready to leave:

  • Have an evacuation plan
  • Become familiar with local resources to help
  • Think of where you can go where you are safe
  • Consider what areas would not be safe
  • Be aware of the abuser’s schedule. Plan you exit when abuser is not home (if possible)
  • Request a civil standby from the local police department

Digital Safety:

  • Keep all evidence of abuse on a flash drive
  • Create a back-up email that the abuser knows nothing about
  • Do not give out passwords to anyone
  • Clear browsing and caching history regularly, especially if you are searching for help online
  • Keep all online profiles private
  • Do not post personal information (for example, “checking-in” on social media or posting identifying landmarks)
  • Keep location services off
  • Monitor devices for Spyware
  • Check Bluetoooth often to make sure nothing is connected, like AirTags

Child Safety:

  • Make sure children know how to call 9-1-1
  • Inform children’s school of the situation if it is safe to do so
  • Children know to stay out of a flight
  • Children know who they can call or go to if they are able to safely escape the home during an incident


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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