Self Rescue Manual

Self Rescue Manual

Developing a safety plan can help you when you are put in a situation of domestic violence. After developing your plan, review it as often as possible.

  • If you have an order of protection, keep it with you at all times.
  • Inform people that you trust of your situation.
  • Develop a code word, phrase, or signal of some kind that will let friends, neighbors, or classmates know that you are in trouble and the police should be called.
  • Plan what to do in various situations if the abuser confronts you.
  • If an argument seems unavoidable, move to a room with easy access to an exit – not a bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere near weapons.
  • Identify the quickest exit from your home and practice your route.
  • Have a bag packed in an undisclosed but accessible location so you can take it with you if you do not have a lot of time.
  • Inform neighbors to call the police if they become alerted of a disturbance.
  • Decide where you will go if you have to leave.
  • Make and memorize a list of emergency contacts. Include the numbers of friends, family members, shelters, and domestic violence hotlines.

Use your instincts and judgment, you have a right to protect yourself when you are in danger, you do not deserve to be battered or threatened.