How to Leave Domestic Violence Situations

How to Leave Domestic Violence Situations

April 1, 2002

COCKE COUNTY (WATE) -- Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Shelter instructs women to make safety plans at a time when violence isn't occurring. That way, if a woman needs to get out quickly, she'll know where to go and what options are available to her.

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Follow these Steps to Make a Safety Plan
Decide on a pathway if leaving at night is necessary. Think of public places with 24-hour access. Know the route to police stations, hospitals, fire stations and 24-hour convenience stores in the area.
If leaving by car, make sure to lock doors immediately.
Consider making a plan for each room in the home, including how to get out of the basement or upper floors.
Know which doors in the home lock.
If you live in an apartment building, think of all the ways to get out safely. Is there a fire escape that's safe all the way to the ground? Is there a stairwell?







The Tennessee Coalition urges anyone who believes they may be in an abusive relationship to get in touch with an organization that can help. For a list of organizations in East Tennessee, click here.

Tennessee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence
P.O. Box 120972
Nashville, TN 37212
Call toll-free: 800-356-6767
or phone: 615-386-9406

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call toll-free 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

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