If you have questions or need help, please call the
Domestic Violence Crisis Line at (260) 447-7233 or (800) 441-4073.
We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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It is important to know how to increase your safety and prepare to protect yourself in the event of further abuse. Although you cannot control your abuser's violence, you do have a choice about how you respond and how you will get to safety. A Personal Safety Plan can go a long way in achieving this.
Download your own Personal Safety Plan to learn more, and even get help filling it out by calling the Crisis Line at (260) 447-7233 or (800) 441-4073 or by calling our Spy Run office at (260) 424-4908 and asking for a case manager.
Tips for Relationships:
- Tell someone you trust about the abuse (parent, counselor, clergy, teacher, etc.).
- Keep in mind rooms to avoid during an incident (kitchens, garages, basements, bathrooms).
- Carry a cell phone, if possible, and have knowledge of numbers you can call when you sense danger (Domestic Violence Crisis Line - open 24/7/365: (260) 447-7233 or (800) 441-4073)
- Know safe places you can go in case of an emergency
- Keep a journal of any violence that happens.
- Spend less time with the abusive person, if at all possible.
- Notify employer/coach/school of abusive situation and/or anyone you are afraid of.
- Have a code word with friends/family to signal when you are in immediate danger.
- Have money with you at all times in case you are stranded.
- Screen phone calls, emails.
- Avoid locations where you may run into the abusive person.
- Change your routes to work, school, and other activities/routines.
- Complete your own Personal Safety Plan.
Not sure if you are experiencing domestic or dating violence?
Check out our Domestic Violence Brochure for a quiz to see if you have reason to be concerned.