Here is a checklist of important ways to protect yourself and your children from an abuser in your home:
qChange the doors and locks on your home if your abuser has the keys to your home.
qAdd additional locks and additional safety devices like security systems to further secure your home.
qMake sure that your windows have locks and cannot be easily opened.
qKeep your windows and doors locked at all time, especially if you are home alone.
q If your abuser does not live with you, let your neighbors and landlord know that your abuser is not to be on your property and that they should call the police immediately in the case that you abuser is near your home.
q If you live in the same home as your abuser, inform your neighbors of the situation and tell them to call the police if they hear a violent episode taking place.
q Make sure that all of your smoke alarms stay in working order.
q Discuss a safety plan with your children and teach them to call 911.