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For survivors of domestic violence, “social distancing” is nothing new…If a friend or a neighbor is in trouble, what can you do?
- Help them plan where they (and the children) could go in an emergency or if they decide to leave.
- Agree on a code word or signal they can use to let you know they need help.
- Help them prepare an excuse so they can leave quickly if they feel threatened.
- Find out about how the police can protect them and if calling the police is an option.
- Help them prepare an “escape bag” and hide it in a safe place. If they leave, they will need money, keys, clothes, bank cards, driver’s license, social security documents, property deeds, medication, birth certificates, passport and any other important documents.
- If it is safe to help interrupt an episode of violence, create a code so you can knock on the door.
- If they decide to stay, they may need to think about other ways to protect themselves and the children from further violence.
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