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Safety in Living in a Home Where Violence May Occur:
  • Decide and plan where you will go if you leave home (even if you don’t think you will need to)
  • Practice how to get out of your home safely. Identify which door, window, elevator or stairwell would be best.
  • Have a packed bag ready and keep at a trustworthy relative’s or friend’s home.
  • Identify one or more neighbors who you can safely disclose the violence to and ask them to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.
  • Devise a code word or signal to use with your children, family, friends, and neighbors when you need the police.
  • If you believe an argument/incident is going to occur, leave if possible. If not, try to move to a room where you have access to an exit and or a phone. Stay away from any room without and outside door or window or a room with items that could be used as weapons such as a kitchen or garage.
  • Use your own instincts and judgment. If the situation is very dangerous, do whatever is necessary to be safe. This may mean giving the abuser what he/she wants to calm him/her down.
  • Keep your cell phone with you at all times.
  • If necessary, call “911” for help.
  • Remember – You do not deserve to be hit, threatened or live in fear?
Safety When Preparing to Leave:
  • Contact a domestic violence hotline to discuss your safety options
  • Open a savings account and/or credit card in your own name
  • Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents, and clothes with someone you trust.
  • Determine who would be able to let you stay with them or lend you some money.
  • Keep the phone number of the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline close at hand and keep some change or a calling card on you at all times for emergency phone calls.
  • Review your safety plan to plan the safest way to leave your batterer.
  • Remember – Leaving your batterer is a very dangerous time!
Safety with a Protective Order:
  • Keep your protective order on you at all times. Give a copy to a trusted friend, family member, or clergy person. Keep a copy in your car.
  • Give a copy to your children’s school and daycare.
  • Call the police if your batterer violates the protective order
  • Think of other ways to keep safe until law enforcement arrives
Safety in Public or at Work:
  • Tell your co-worker(s), boss, and /or office or building security about your situation.
  • Provide a picture of your batterer.
  • Devise a code word to use to communicate that you need assistance
  • Screen your calls
  • Devise a safety plan for leaving work. Have someone escort you to your car or bus and wait with you until you are safely on your way. Vary your routes home.
  • Think about what you would do if something happened while going home.
  • Change your work routine
Safety While Using Technology
  • Be careful about MySpace or Facebook accounts. Abusers can easily find out what you are doing and who you are talking with.
  • Create new email accounts. Do not create or check this new account from your home computer in case it is being monitored.
  • If your abuser sends you threatening emails or text messages, save and print them.
  • It is virtually impossible to clear where you have been on a computer. In fact, trying to clear the history could actually tip off your abuser to your plans. Try to use a safer computer at a library, community center, or other public place to find needed resources.
  • Protect your email and voice mail passwords and PIN numbers. Change them often.
  • Minimize the use of cordless phones for sensitive conversations. Older models can be intercepted with a scanner or baby monitor.
  • Cell phones can be used to track your location. Contact your cell phone company to make sure your cell phone cannot be ` used in this way.
  • Make sure there are no GPS or tracking devices in your car
Safety for your pets:
  • Keep emergency provisions for your pet if your abuser withholds money from you
  • Keep the phone number of the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic
  • Establish ownership of your pet by creating a paper trail (e.g., obtain a pet license, have a vet put records in your name and have a copy of your pet’s medical records).
  • Contact your local SPCA to see if they have a program to help keep pets safe

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)

Remember: Each situation is different. Safety suggestions in this document are general. Contact a domestic violence hotline for a more specific plan.


Protective Order
A protective order is a civil order that helps stop violent and harassing behavior and helps protect you and your family from an abuser. Protective orders are available to people who were involved in a dating relationship, family members, or household members in situations where family violence had occurred and is likely to occur in the future.

A protective order may prohibit and abuser from (1) committing family violence; (2) directly communicating with a member of the family or household in a threatening or harassing manner; or (3) going to or near the residence, school, or workplace of people listed in the order. A violation of any of these provisions of a protective order is a Criminal Offense.

Interviewing Hours
NOTE: Interviews are on a first-come, first-served basis
Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Family Criminal Law Division
1201 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 2160
Houston, Texas 77002
713-755-5888

Mailing Address:
Harris County District Attorney's Office
Family Criminal Law Division
1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Houston, Texas 77002

Checklist of Important Things to take when You Leave:

Identification
  • Driver’s license or other form of identification
  • Birth certificates
  • Social Security cards
  • Work permits/VISA
  • Assistance Identification
  • Passports

Financial
  • Money, debit cards, credit card
  • Bank books and checkbooks
  • Public Assistance documentation
  • Pay stubs for both you and your abuser
  • Loan information

Other important papers
  • Your protective order
  • Lease, rental agreement, or house deed
  • Health and life insurance papers
  • Medical and vaccination records for you and your children
  • School Records
  • Divorce and custody papers

Other Items
  • House and car keys
  • Medications, glasses, hearing aids
  • Address Book
  • Phone cards
  • Family photographs
  • Children’s toys
  • Change of clothes for you and the kids
  • Pet Items
  • Other__________________

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