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P.O. Box 983

Kittanning, PA 16201

Personal Safety & Support 

Planning for Safety 

Without help, domestic violence often continues to get more severe over time. It can sometimes become deadly. 

Batterers choose to be abusive. No one deserves to be battered. 

To increase your safety: 

  • Tell others you trust such as friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, what is happening and talk about ways they might be able to help. 

  • Memorize emergency numbers for the local police (such as 911), support persons and crisis hotlines. 

  • Identify escape routes and places to go if you need to flee from an unsafe situation quickly.

  • Talk with your children about what they do if a violent incident occurs or they are afraid. 

  • Put together an emergency bag with money/checkbooks, extra car keys, medicine, and important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, immigration documents, and medical cards. Keep it somewhere safe and accessible, such as with a trusted friend.

  • Trust your instincts- if you think you are in immediate danger, you probably are. get to a safe place as soon as you can.   

Identifying Support 

Developing a support network can be very helpful to you as you plan safety. There are many places to turn for assistance. 

 

Community Support

Friends, family, women's and community groups, churches, and services providers (such as legal, health, counseling centers) can provide a variety of resources, support, and assistance.

 

Domestic violence services

Armstrong County, HAVIN, Inc. provides free and confidential services to individuals who are being battered. 

Are You in a Healthy Relationship? 

One in three teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship and more than two-thirds of them will never report it it anyone. 

Ten Common Warning Signs of Abuse:

  1. Checking your cell phone without permission

  2. Constant put-downs

  3. Extreme jealousy or insecurity 

  4. Explosive temper

  5. Financial control 

  6. Isolating you from family or friends 

  7. Mood swings

  8.  Physically hurting you

  9. Possessiveness

  10. Telling you what to do

What to take if you leave..

Personal Identification
   -Driver's license
   -Birth certificate 
   -Social Security Card 
Financial 
   -Money 
   -ATM Card, Credit Cards 
   -ACCESS Cards
   - Check book
   -Savings Account Information
Legal Documents 
   -Protection from Abuse Order
   -Lease, deed or mortgage for your residence 
   -Vehicle: owners card, title 
   -Insurance cards: car, health, life 
   -Medical records
   -School records
   -Divorce and/or Custody Papers
Other..
   -Keys: Vehicle, home, safety, deposit box, post office
   -Medications
   -Photographs
   -Sentimental keepsakes
   -Children's favorite toy, blanket, etc.
   -Clothing
   -Toiletries and personal care items
 
Always remember things can be replaced, but you and your children cannot!