Things to consider to increase your safety and the safety of your children:
◊ Have important numbers accessible to you and your children (i.e. 911, family members, etc.)
◊ Ask a neighbor to beware of suspicious activity in your home.
◊ Create a code word with your children to alert them to call the police when needed without the abuser knowing. ◊ Plan an escape route in case of an emergency and practice the plan with your children.
◊ Think in advance of where you may be able to go with your children in a hurry.
◊ Leave extra money, car keys, clothing, and copies of documents with someone you trust.
◊ Open a savings account.
"If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies."