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If an argument seems unavoidable, try to have it in a room or area where there is an exit. Avoid the bathroom and the kitchen or anywhere near weapons.

  • Practice how to get out of your home safely. Identify which doors, windows, or stairs would be the best. Visualize your escape route.
  • If possible, pack a suitcase and keep it in a secret but handy place, or at a friend's house so you can leave quickly.
  • Ask neighbors to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.
  • Make up a code word you can use to signal your children, family, friends, or neighbors that you need the police.
  • Make a plan for where you will go if you have to leave home. Do this even though you don't think that you'll ever need to leave home.
  • Teach your children how to use the telephone to dial 911.