Quick Escape

PCADV says #YuleBeSafer if you…

  • Develop a signal, such as turning porch or holiday lights on and off repeatedly, to alert neighbors that you are in danger
  • Establish a password or phrase, such as the word "eggnog," to let others know that you are unsafe or cannot talk privately
  • Start new traditions – If you normally go to a certain family member’s home for holiday dinners or parties – consider changing the location or doing something different
  • Use a Post Office Box or no-return address when mailing holiday cards to conceal your whereabouts
  • Identify a family member, close friend or neighbor who can provide support and intervention if necessary
  • Use the increased family time as a way to minimize alone time with your abuser
  • Use store coupons for holiday shopping and keep the savings for emergencies
  • Protect your health by keeping all medical and counseling appointments during holiday season.
  • Avoid shopping at your usual places if you're afraid your abuser might find you there
  • Avoid isolated or unlighted parking lot areas, and don’t walk alone to your car if your abuser might know where you park
  • Carry a cell phone at all times to call 911 if necessary
  • Talk to an advocate at the local domestic violence program for more holiday safety ideas
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