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Prepare for Safety

DON'T TAKE THE ABUSE.

TAKE ACTION!

If you know you are in an abusive relationship, plan to break away.  It might be scary and you might feel like you can't do it, but YOU CAN.  Leaving can be hard, but it's the right thing to do.

It is best to plan your escape ahead of time. Arrange a place to go where you know you'll be safe. Remember, your partner may be most dangerous after you leave.  Keep a bag with important documents and things you absolutely need (license/identification, birth certificates, insurance card, a credit card, extra keys). You might want to call a local shelter and arrange ahead of time for a stay there.  You can always go by the shelter in an emergency.  Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit their website for more planning advice.

In an emergency, don't worry if you don't have a plan.  Don't wait.  Go immediately to the police, a neighbor's house, the hospital or a shelter.  If you have children, bring them with you.

If you don't act now, it is likely your partner will continue to abuse you, and the abuse may get worse. You are strong and can stop the cycle of abuse!

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