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Keeping Yourself Safe

Safety During A Violent Incident

  • When an argument begins, try to move to a room or area that has access to an exit. Avoid the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere there could be a potential weapon.
  • Practice how to get out of your home. Identify which doors, windows, stairwells or elevators would be best.
  • Devise a signal or code word to use with your family, friends and neighbors when you need the police.
  • Identify a neighbor who you can tell about the violence. Ask that neighbor to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home or a prearranged signal.
  • Decide and plan where you will go if you have to leave home (even if you don’t think you will need to). This should be a safe place from which you can call for further assistance.
  • Use your own instincts and judgement. You have a right to protect yourself until you are out of danger.
  • Always remember – you don’t deserve to be hit or threatened!

Safety When Preparing To Leave

  • Open a bank account in your own name to establish or increase your independence. • Have a packed bag ready and keep it in a secret place that is easy to reach.
  • Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents and extra clothes with someone you trust.
  • Determine who you could stay with when you leave. They should not be fearful of your significant other.
  • Keep important phone numbers close at hand and keep some change for emergency phone calls. See the list on the back of this brochure for other items that you should be prepared to take when you leave.
  • Practice how you would leave your home quickly if you had to. Remember – leaving your batterer can be very dangerous!

Safety In Your Own Home

  • Change the locks on your doors as soon as possible. Buy additional locks and safety devices to secure your windows.
  • Inform your neighbors and landlord that your partner no longer lives with you, and that they should call the police if they see him/her near your home.

If You Have Children

  • With the adult caregiver and child, discuss the use of a code word and what the child should do when the word is used.
  • Plan where to go when fighting starts (i.e., neighbor, relative, own room with door shut).
  • Teach the child to call 911 if fighting starts.
  • Inform your children’s schools, day care, etc., about who has permission to pick them up.

If You Have Children

  • With the adult caregiver and child, discuss the use of a code word and what the child should do when the word is used.
  • Plan where to go when fighting starts (i.e., neighbor, relative, own room with door shut).
  • Teach the child to call 911 if fighting starts.
  • Inform your children’s schools, day care, etc., about who has permission to pick them up.

Safety With A Protective Order

  • Keep your protective order with you at all times.
  • Call the police if your partner breaks the protective order.
  • Think of alternative ways to remain safe if the police do not respond right away.
  • Inform family, friends, neighbors and landlord that you have a protective order in effect.

Safety On The Job And In Public

    • Decide who at work you will inform of your situation. This should include office or building security. Provide them with a picture of your partner, if possible.
    • Arrange to have someone screen your telephone calls, if possible.
    • Devise a safety plan for coming and going from work. Have someone escort you to and from your car or the bus. Use a variety of different routes to go home.

Helpful Items to Take When You Leave:

  • Address book
  • Birth certificate
  • Checkbook and credit cards
  • Comfort items or favorite toys for children
  • Driver’s license
  • House and car keys
  • Lease, rental agreement or property deed
  • Money
  • Medications
  • Personal identification
  • Photographs
  • Protective orders
  • Social Security card

Domestic Violence Services

Agency Phone Website
Bethany House 419.727.4948 https://www.bethanyhousetoledo.org/
Children’s Advocacy Center/Children Who Witness Violence Project 419.292.2927 https://www.fcapc.org/
Cocoon Shelter (Bowling Green) 419.352.1545 https://thecocoon.org/
Crisis Response 419.245.3324 Staffed 8am – 4pm; other hours leave a message or call 9-1-1
Domestic Violence Resource Center (civil protection order) 419.213.2700 co.lucas.oh.us/550/Domestic-Violence
Emergency 9-1-1
Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center/Domestic Violence Court Advocate 419.244.3053 https://www.fcapc.org/
Jewish Family Services 419.885.2561 https://www.jewishtoledo.org/
Juvenile Court (protection order against a minor) 419.213.6722 https://co.lucas.oh.us/204/Juvenile-Court
Lucas Co. Children Services 419.213.3200 https://lucaskids.net/
Lucas Co. Victim-Witness Assistance 419.213.4591 https://co.lucas.oh.us/3150/VictimWitness-Assistance
Maumee Victims’ Advocate 419.897.7152 https://co.lucas.oh.us/3160/Suburban-Courts-Services
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.7233 https://www.thehotline.org/
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1.866.331.9474 https://www.loveisrespect.org/
Ohio Domestic Violence Network 1.800.934.9840 https://www.odvn.org/
Oregon Court Advocate 419.698.7067 http://www.oregonmunicipalcourt.us/
Providence Center 419.244.0666 https://www.facebook.com/The-Providence-Center-for-Social-and-Economic-Empowerment-345170038904396/
Sylvania Court Advocate 419.882.8018 https://www.sylvaniacourt.com/
Toledo Police Domestic Violence Officer Detective Teresa Talton 419.245.1132 419-936-3827 https://toledopolice.com/community/crime-victims-resources.html
Unison Behavioral Health 419.693.0631 https://www.unisonhealth.org/
United Way 2-1-1 Dial 2-1-1 https://www.unitedwaytoledo.org/
YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter 419.241.7386 https://www.ywcanwo.org/
YWCA Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1.888.341.7386 / 419.241.7386 https://www.ywcanwo.org/
YWCA Rape Crisis Center Sexual Assault Hotline & Support Group (adults & teens) 1.866.557.7273 / 419.241.7273 https://www.ywcanwo.org/
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LCCS Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is accomplished by working with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable, and permanent families for children.

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