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Your abuser may monitor your internet use and may be able to view your computer activity. If you have reason to believe that your computer is not secure, you may wish to use a computer in another location to which your abuser does not have access.

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-500-1119
TTY Hotline: 1-800-621-4202

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If you are in an abusive relationship, be prepared to get away. Here are few suggestions to properly prepare yourself:

  • Keep with someone you trust; a spare set of keys, a set of clothes, important papers, prescriptions and some money.
  • Keep any evidence of physical abuse (ripped clothes, photo of bruises and injuries, etc.). Plan the safest time to get away.
  • Know where you can go for help. Tell someone what is happening to you. Have the phone numbers of friends, relatives and domestic violence shelters with you.
  • Call the police if you are in danger and need help.
  • If you are injured, go to the hospital emergency room or doctor and report what happened to you. Ask that they document your visit.
  • Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them; a room with a lock or a neighbor's house where they can go for help. Reassure them their job is to stay safe, not protect you.
  • Arrange a signal with a neighbor, i.e., if the porch light is on, call the police.

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