CSH Safety Plan Checklist

  • Create an emergency escape plan
  • Create a list of important phone numbers (e.g.: police, shelter) for yourself and your children, and always have change for a phone call 24 -hours/day – 7 days a week.

CSH CRISIS LINE: (403) 793-2232

  • Create a list of safe places you can go (e.g.: family, friend, shelter)
  • Tell your neighbors (if it is safe) you would like them to call police if they hear fighting or screaming/possibly children will go there.
  • Hide clothing, house keys, car keys, mail keys, money, important documents (or copies), favorite toys, etc. at a friend or family member’s home
  • Keep all of your identification in your wallet and make copies and five to a friend or leave them at CSH for easy access (or other safe place)
  • Open your own bank account (at a bank different from your partner) and arrange that calls and bank statements go to a friend or family member
  • Save and set aside as much money as you can (e.g.: from grocery budget)
  • Have $10 to $15 available for cab fare or an emergency
  • Be aware of any weapons in the home (including kitchen knives)
  • Tell people you trust about the abuse
  • Teach your children their own safety plan (i.e.: safe place to go, how to use the phone to call for help, emergency exits, etc.)
  • Create a code word with your children and family so they know when to call for help
  • Consider a plan for the safety and welfare of your pet (s)

IF YOU ARE NOT LIVING WITH YOUR ABUSIVE PARTNER:

  • Change the locks, install a peephole in the door, a security system, an outside lighting system, and smoke detectors
  • Teach your children not to answer the door
  • Have your telephone number unpublished and block your number when calling out (dial * 67 before the number)
  • Consider getting a cellular phone and have a cordless in the house
  • Keep your restraining order near you at all times
  • Make sure the school, day care, and police have a copy of all court documents, including restraining orders and custody/access orders
  • Tell people that your partner no longer lives with you and ask them to call police if your partner is seen near your home or children
  • Tell the people who take care of your children who has permission to pick them up
  • Tell someone at work about your situation and ask for calls to be screened
  • Stay away from the places your partner is likely to go or hang out (e.g.: stores, banks, video rental, bars)
  • Keep your internet browser cache cleared off so others are unable to access the history of websites searched

SAFETY PLAN IS AVAILABLE IN 12 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES:

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