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
  • 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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