Tips to protect yourself and your children from an abusive partner
If you intend to leave:
- Report to police or lawyers as needed.
- Take pictures of any injuries you have received or damage to your belongings.
- Find a safe place to hide copies of important documents for you and your children, including identification, medical records, diaries and money.
- Know community resources available: Crisis lines (1.855.225.0220), transition houses, community centers, parent resource centers, etc.
- Teach your children, friends, and family a phrase or word that indicates that you need help. Have a plan for what they should do, especially children.
- Keep a copy of your commitments, peace bonds and probation orders with you at all times.
- Remove / block violent partner from social media.
- Turn off the GPS on all electronic devices.
If you left the relationship:
- Let your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and building managers help you. Inform them of the identity of the abusive partner and the restrictions that apply to contact with you or your children.
- Provide copies of custody or access orders to caregivers or school officials.
- Keep windows and doors locked.
- Keep track of any unwanted threats or contacts from the abusive partner.
- Take pictures where possible to provide evidence if the abusive partner is following you.
- Change the locks in your house. This step can be expensive but very useful.
- Buy motion alarms that can be placed on windows.
- Planning for the safety of victim services
- How your phone can help you:
- Familiarize yourself with the features of your phone that can help you - caller ID, * 67, * 69 and * 57.
- Caller ID - this service may be chargeable; however, it will let you know who is calling before you answer.
- 67 allows you to block your number for any call you make. This service is free.
- 69 allows you to check the number of the last person who called you (landline only). This service may be chargeable.
- * 57 will trace the last call to your number. You will not get the information, but it can be forwarded to the police by your telephone service provider.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged and with you (make sure the GPS is off).
- Tips, whether you stay or leave: Dial immediately
- 1-1-1 if you are in danger.
- Know how to recognize the warning signs of an attack and leave if you can. If you can not go out, go to a room with an outside door and try to avoid places with sharp corners, hard surfaces or objects that can be used as a weapon.
- Pay attention to what's around you when you're in public.
- Consider changing passwords frequently for social media, online banking, connecting to a computer, and so on.
- Delete browsing history on your computer.
- Be aware of resources that can provide you with services - parent resource centers, 24-hour crisis lines (1.855.225.0220), shelter outreach programs. See the Halifax Regional Police Victim Services brochure or call 211.
- Phone: 902.490.5300 | Text: 902.497.4709
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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