Personal Safety

 


 If you have questions or need help, please call the
Domestic Violence Crisis Line at (260) 447-7233 or (800) 441-4073.
We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


 

 

Safety Alert: If you are in danger, please use a safe computer to read about domestic violence (such as computers located in public libraries). There is always a computer trail, but you can exit this site quickly by clicking on the "quick escape" link.


It is important to know how to increase your safety and prepare to protect yourself in the event of further abuse. Although you cannot control your abuser's violence, you do have a choice about how you respond and how you will get to safety. A Personal Safety Plan can go a long way in achieving this.

Download your own Personal Safety Plan to learn more, and even get help filling it out by calling the Crisis Line at (260) 447-7233 or (800) 441-4073 or by calling our Spy Run office at (260) 424-4908 and asking for a case manager.


Tips for Relationships:

  • Tell someone you trust about the abuse (parent, counselor, clergy, teacher, etc.).
  • Keep in mind rooms to avoid during an incident (kitchens, garages, basements, bathrooms).
  • Carry a cell phone, if possible, and have knowledge of numbers you can call when you sense danger (Domestic Violence Crisis Line - open 24/7/365: (260) 447-7233 or (800) 441-4073)
  • Know safe places you can go in case of an emergency
  • Keep a journal of any violence that happens.
  • Spend less time with the abusive person, if at all possible.
  • Notify employer/coach/school of abusive situation and/or anyone you are afraid of.
  • Have a code word with friends/family to signal when you are in immediate danger.
  • Have money with you at all times in case you are stranded.
  • Screen phone calls, emails.
  • Avoid locations where you may run into the abusive person.
  • Change your routes to work, school, and other activities/routines.
  • Complete your own Personal Safety Plan.

 

Not sure if you are experiencing domestic or dating violence?
Check out our Domestic Violence Brochure for a quiz to see if you have reason to be concerned.