Planning Your Safety in the Home


  • Talk to your neighbours and ask them to call the police if they see the abuser; provide a picture and/or model of their car if necessary
  • If possible, request that police put a “premise history” on your address. This will provide additional information for officers responding to a call.
  • When parking, reverse your car so that you can make a quick exit if necessary
  • Inform a trusted friend or family member of your whereabouts when you leave your residence.
  • Install a peep hole (that your children can see through as well) in the door
  • Change the locks on your doors (you may need to inform the landlord if you are renting or your lawyer if you own your home before taking this action).
  • Install a chain or clasp lock to prevent doors from being opened. Ensure these locks are away from children’s reach
  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times. Insert a long rod or wood plank in sliding doors to prevent them from being opened
  • Install an electronic alarm system or purchase a dummy alarm from a local home hardware store

Planning Your Safety in the Home

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