If you are in a relationship that is abusive and you know that situations can escalate to the point that you could get hurt or even worse. Having things prepared, communicated and practiced will help you and your children escape and get to safety. Of course there are many more than 5 steps that you can take to prepare to escape an abusive situation. However, these 5 are a very good start in being prepared.
- Pack and hide a bag with everything you can think of that you will need. An extra set of key’s is important because you may not be able to get to yours. Having a secret emergency phone can come in really handy. Actually having a secret phone in every closet as well you can call for help no matter what part of the house you are in. With the ringer off just in case someone calls the wrong number so it is never heard. If you think you would need any of your document’s have an extra original or a copy if a copy would be ok in your secret hidden bag.
- Get a secret emergency phone and have one hidden in every closet. With the ringer off just in case someone dial’s the wrong number. This way you have a way to call 911 from anywhere in your home or office.
- Have an escape plan from every room. If you have 2 stories you will need a rope to get safely to the ground. Of course make sure you have a plan about what you can tie it to that will not move. And keep it hidden in every room. If you hide it in a closet make sure it can’t be seen. Under a mattress or bed may be where it can stay hidden.
- Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- Communicate with your family and or friends a code word that you can text or say while on the telephone that will let them know to call 911 so help can be on their way. Teaching your children to call 911 if you say the code word can be very helpful if you can not make it to a phone to call for help yourself.