Be Prepared To Get Away

  • Keep these items with someone you trust: spare keys, a set of clothes, important papers, prescriptions, money.
  • Keep any evidence of physical abuse (ripped clothing, photos 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 911 if you are in danger.
  • 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 that their job is to stay safe, not protect you.
  • Arrange a signal with a neighbor (e.g. – if the porch light is on call law enforcement).

Contact the Ocala Domestic Violence Center to find out about laws and other resources available to you before you have to use them during a crisis.