Tips for Getting Away from Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is extremely serious and sadly, very common. If you have been a victim of domestic violence or fear that you or your family may become a victim of domestic violence, this article offers tips for you to follow to get yourself and your family to safety.

What to do in a domestic violence emergency

  • Stay away from the kitchen
  • Stay away from bathrooms, closets or small spaces where the abuser can trap you
  • Get to a room with a door or window to escape
  • Get to a room with a phone to call for help. Lock the abuser outside if you can
  • Call 911 right away for help
  • Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help
  • If a police officer comes, tell him/her exactly what happened
  • Get medical help if you are hurt
  • Take pictures of bruises or injuries
  • Call a domestic violence program or shelter and ask them to help you make a safety plan

How to protect yourself from domestic violence at home

  • Memorize emergency phone numbers
  • Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside
  • If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door and get locks on the windows
  • Plan an escape route out of your home and teach it to your children
  • Think about where you would go if you need to escape
  • Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house and make a signal for them to call the police
  • Pack a bag with important things you’d need if you had to leave quickly and put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust
  • Include cash, car keys & important information such as court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers
  • Get an unlisted phone number
  • Block caller ID
  • Use an answering machine to screen the calls
  • Take a good self-defense course

Domestic violence centers in Arizona

Domestic violence centers help victims of domestic violence and their families stay safe. Here is a list of domestic violence shelters in Arizona, speak to one in your area.