- If an argument seems unavoidable, try to have it in an area with access to an exit and not in a bathroom, kitchen, or near weapons.
- Practice getting out of your home safely. identify which doors, windows, elevator or stairwell would be best.
- Have a packed bag ready and keep it in an undisclosed, but accessible place in order to leave quickly.
- Identify a neighbor you can tell about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.
- Devise a code word to use with your children, family, friends and neighbors if you need police.
- Decide and plan for where you will go if you leave (even if you don’t think you will need to).
- Use you instinct and judgment. If the situation is very dangerous, consider giving the abuser what they want to calm them down. You have the right to protect yourself until you are out of danger.
- REMEMBER: You don’t deserve to be hit or threatened.