Have a Plan
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, leaving your relationship can be a very dangerous time for you and your children. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Domestic Violence is about control. Victims are often kept financially dependent on the abuser and isolated from family and friends. Leaving a domestic violence situation safely takes planning and preparation. It is important to involve your children and rehearse safety procedures with them. Alert school officials and trusted family and friends. Think about what documents, financial resources, and personal items you will need. Where will you stay?
AVDA strongly urges you to explore Protective Orders and other legal ways of insuring your physical safety, financial wellbeing and protecting your children. For information about filing charges and the criminal justice system, about divorce and child custody/child support, assistance with safety planning, and referrals for shelter, counseling
Click on the following links provided by the National Center for Victims of Crime*:
SAFETY ALERT: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid that your Internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. Click for more information.