Non–Emergency Safety Plan
- Make an extra set of car keys and hide them in an easy place to reach
- Prepare clothing needs — clothes for self and children
- Store in a suitcase in home and hide in a secure location. Or, store them at a trusted friend’s home. Try to avoid using next-door neighbors, close family members, and mutual friends.
- Prepare for financial needs (place in accessible location):
- Extra Cash
- Check and Savings Books
- Other Valuables (i.e., jewelry, coins, etc.)
- Prepare for children’s needs (if children are involved):
- Take something meaningful for each child (blanket, pillow, etc)
- Discuss what is happening if you must leave the home
- Identify a safe place for children to go and plan with them.
- Prepare for possible legal action. Keep all documents in a safe place:
- Financial documents
- Pay stubs: yours (if you are working) and spouse’s)
- Household bills (including mortgage payments, utilities, etc)
- Stocks, bonds and any other joint financial holdings
- Identification (driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, social security cards)
- Copies of restraining orders, evidence of past abuse
Emergency Safety Plan
(when living with the abuser)
- Plan an escape route from home before it is needed
- Make a habit of backing the car into the driveway and keeping it fueled
- Make a list of situations in which violence may occur or escalate
- Carefully explore the layout of your house and access to telephones
- Develop and rehearse a place for leaving the home if violence occurs
- If violence occurs away from home, develop a plan for escaping the abuser.
- Notify trusted neighbors to be on alert to suspicious noises and to call the police.
- Develop a code word with children when you want them to call for help.
- Teach children how to use the phone to contact the police.
- Know safe places you can to go leave a dangerous situation
- AVOID KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, GARAGE OR ANY OTHER ROOM CONTAINING POSSIBLE WEAPONS. REMOVE POSSIBLE WEAPONS, SUCH AS KNIVES FROM EASY ACCESS
- Don’t run to where the children are, as your partner may hurt them as well
- Try not to wear scarves or long jewelry that could be used to strangle you or otherwise hurt you
- Keep the number of battered women shelter services in a safe place
- Emotional, Verbal and Physical Abuse
- Signs of Abuse and How You Can Help
- Quranic Model of the Muslim Family
- Impact of Abuse on the Family
- The Spiraling Effects of Domestic Violence
- The Mind of the Batterer Real Life Cases
- Prevention, Intervention, and Conflict Resolution
- Marriage & Divorce in Islamic and American Law
- The Muslim Marriage Contract
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