STEPS TO SAVE A LIFE

During an argument that could become violent try to:
    
    Guide the argument into a room that has an exit; stay out of the kitchen and bathroom.
    Identify a neighbor that you can confide in that would call the police if an argument gets very loud
    Devise a code word that lets older children or other family members know when you need help
    Decide where you can go if you need to leave.
    Use your instincts-you know the other person better than anyone.  You know when your are in danger.
 
When you are ready, make a plan to leave:
 
    Try to put some money back; it could just be a few dollars here and there
    If you don't have a cell phone, get a phone card or a 911 cell phone from FCFCC
    Leave an extra set of keys, copies of important papers, children's things, special things with a
    trusted friend
    Keep important phone numbers written down and easy to reach
    If you have pets make arrangements for them
    Remember leaving an abusive situation can be the most dangerous time for you.
 
If you have a Protective Order:
 
    Keep a copy with you at all times
    Call law enforcement EVERY time the P. O. is violated
    Tell friends and family so they will know to call for help if necessary
    Have a plan in case law enforcement cannot respond immediately
    If you have a job inform your employer and co-workers
    If possible have someone screen your calls
    Walk with someone to and from you car
    Take different routes to and from work, when possible change your hours.
 
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE.  YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE ABUSED.