Being safe in your own home

If the abuser has left your home, keep all windows locked at all times. Change the door locks and add additional security measures like dead bolts or an electronic monitoring system.

Develop a safety plan with your children so they know what to do and where to go if the abuser causes problems.

Make sure the children’s school or day care provider has a list of approved persons to pick up the children.

Make sure your friends and neighbors know that the abuser no longer lives with you so they can report it if the abuser returns.

If you have moved away from the abuser, don’t contact or call from your home and never say where you are living, get an unlisted telephone number, and block your cell number.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline will help with your safety planning and answer your questions about dealing with domestic violence at 1 (800)-799-7233 or 1 (800)-787-3224 (TTY).

The The Texas Council on Family Violence also has information.