Hotline (501) 278-4673

emergency callIn an Emergency

  • If you are at home & you are being threatened or attacked:
  • Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives, there)
  • Stay away from bathrooms, closets or small spaces where the abuser can trap you
  • Get to a room with a door or window to escape
  • Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can
  • Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher's name
  • Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help
  • If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name & badge number
  • Get medical help if you are hurt
  • Take pictures of bruises or injuries
  • Call a domestic violence program or shelter (some are listed here); ask them to help you make a safety plan


How to Protect Yourself at Home

  • filler1Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers.
  • Keep a phone in a room you can lock from the inside; if you can, get a cellular phone that you keep with you at all times.
  • If the abuser has moved out, change the locks on your door; get locks on the windows.
  • Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children.
  • Think about where you would go if you need to escape.
  • Ask your neighbors to call the police if they see the abuser at your house; make a signal for them to call the police, for example, if the phone rings twice, a shade is pulled down or a light is on.
  • Pack a bag with important things you'd need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place, or give it to a friend or relative you trust.
  • Include cash, car keys & important information such as: court papers, passport or birth certificates, medical records & medicines, immigration papers.
  • Get an unlisted phone number.
  • Block caller ID.
  • Use voice mail; screen the calls
  • After viewing this site, you might want to clear your browser history so your abuser can't see that you visited this site.  Look at Google's results for clearing your browser history and find the instructions for your device and browser.


How to Make Your Children Safer

  • filler2Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help.
  • Teach them how to get to safety, to call 911, to give your address & phone number to the police.
  • Teach them who to call for help.
  • Tell them to stay out of the kitchen.
  • Give the principal at school or the daycare center a copy of your court order; tell them not to release your children to anyone without talking to you first; use a password so they can be sure it is you on the phone; give them a photo of the abuser.
  • Make sure the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser.
  • Make sure that the school knows not to give your address or phone number to ANYONE.


How to Protect Yourself In Town

  • filler3Change your regular travel habits.
  • Try to get rides with different people.
  • Shop and bank in a different place.
  • Cancel any bank accounts or credit cards you shared; open new accounts at a different bank.
  • Keep your court order and emergency numbers with you at all times.
  • Keep a cell phone & program it to 911 (or other emergency number).


How to Make Yourself Safer at Work

  • filler4Keep a copy of your court order at work.
  • Give a picture of the abuser to security and friends at work.
  • Tell your supervisors - see if they can make it harder for the abuser to find you.
  • Don't go to lunch alone.
  • Ask a security guard to walk you to your car or to the bus.
  • If the abuser calls you at work, save voice mail and save e-mail.
  • Your employer may be able to help you find community resources.

Contact Details

White County Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc.

Address: P.O. Box 1196
Searcy, Arkansas 72145

Office: (501) 278-5130

Hotline: (501) 278-4673

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