Keep Yourself Safe

Are You Safe Right Now?

  • Call police or 911 if you are in danger or need immediate help.
  • While waiting, stay away from areas that have potential weapons (kitchen, garage, etc.)
  • Stay away from places the abuser can trap you (closets, bathrooms, etc.)
  • Go to a place where there are escape options (windows, doors, etc.)

11073284_10153237097565730_4044777476862374185_nCover Your Tracks

If you are in a relationship or situation where your partner tracks what you view on your computer, you need to cover your tracks. Here’s how…

Internet Explorer browser:

  • Click on the history icon (the sundial), right click and delete the pages you want
  • Empty your recycle bin

On the Netscape Browser/Firefox:

  • Press CTRL and H keys, delete the pages you want from the left-hand box (History) that appears on your screen
  • Empty your recycle bin

For Toolbars like Google and Yahoo:

  • Look for the Toolbar (where you search for things) and click on the drop down (arrow)
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on the clearhistory link at the bottom of the drop down list (if the toolbar has this link)
  • Empty your recycle bin

Cover Your Tracks Through Email

  • Delete your email “Inbox” and “Sent Mail”


Cell Phone Safety

  • Keep the GPS/location on your phone turned off
  • Keep any threatening/harassing text messages saved, you may need these when filing for a PFA
  • Keep a password/passcode on your phone so your batterer cannot access your phone

Be Prepared to Get Away

If you are ever considering leaving, unless it’s an emergency, make a safety plan. Listed below are important items/documents/extras needed, however, if you need additional help in planning your safety please call our 24-hour 7-day per week hotline 1(800)544-8293 or (570)784-6631.

  • Know your batterer’s social security number and/or birth date (you need at least one to file for a PFA)
  • Memorize emergency phone numbers
  • Gather important documents
    • Social security cards/numbers
    • Medical cards and Immunization records
    • Birth certificates for yourself and children
    • Photo ID/Driver’s license
    • Cash, food stamps, and WIC information
  • Extra keys
  • Phone numbers, email and addresses of friends and relatives
  • Pack extra clothes for yourself and children
  • Personal care items, eyeglasses/contacts, medications, etc.
  • Plan a safe time to get away
  • Arrange a signal with a neighbor to let them know when you need help.