What Can I Do?

Are you in danger? Read our signs of abuse.

If you question your safety, or your children’s safety, you must act right away.

Are you in danger right now?

  • Call 911. If you cannot speak, dial 911 and leave the phone off the hook. Police will automatically be dispatched.
  • If there is no 911 number in your area, check your phone book for the crisis/emergency number.
  • If you feel you can’t call the police, call your local crisis centre or local shelter. You can find numbers at the front of your phone book and have a confidential talk with an emergency counsellor.
  • In Toronto you can call the Assaulted Women’s Helpline at 416-863-0511 or Interval House at 416-924-1491.

If you are not in immediate danger but you are planning to leave, here are some important safety and wellness issues for you to consider. Many women arrive at our home with their children and the clothes on their backs. But if you can, any safety planning you can do will help you. And take a moment to learn how to cover your tracks.

Safety Plan

Are you being abused and planning to leave?

  • Do not tell your partner that you’re thinking of leaving.
  • When you do leave, take your children with you.
  • Plan your emergency exits.
  • Save as much cash as you can.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers with you at all times.
  • Set aside money for a taxi and change or phone cards for payphones.
  • Take valuable documents: passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, immigration papers, health cards, SIN cards, bank books and bank cards.
  • Take any prescription medications for you and your kids.
  • If possible, bring documents that prove you have been living at the same address as your partner.
  • Open a bank account in your name or in the name of a person you trust. Make sure bank statements are not mailed to your home.
  • Hide extra clothing, house keys, car keys, money etc. at a trusted friend’s house.'
  • Have an emergency suitcase packed, if possible.
  • Include some special toys and comforts for your children.