TEXT ADVOCACY NOW AVAILABLE 24/7. Advocates are now available via text at 1-844-762-8483 to help all Native American and Alaska Natives affected by domestic, dating and sexual violence. #textadvocacy #24/7 #helpline #Indigenous #Native #AlaskaNative #Alldayeveryday pic.twitter.com/ACLy9vHtTg— strongheartsdv (@strongheartsdv) July 27, 2021
- Try to control your breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth so you can continue to think clearly.
- Say or do whatever you can to de-escalate the situation.
- Avoid rooms or areas without an easy escape.
- Stay on the ground floor if possible.
- For example, a basement with stairs and one point of entry will be difficult to escape from during a violent attack.
- Mentally plan how you might escape from each room in advance.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Think about what you could use to shield yourself when your partner becomes abusive.
- Avoid getting into a vehicle.
- Avoid areas where weapons are easily accessible.
- Kitchens are dangerous because of the access to knives. Bathrooms are dangerous because of slipping and the many hard surfaces in a small area. Garages or sheds can also be dangerous because of access to tools and other heavy equipment.
- Avoid any areas where firearms are stored or kept, even if they are locked securely.
- Remove necklaces and scarves if possible as these could be used to strangle you. Remove earrings.
- Move away from any children in the area.
- Consider safe places to go after escaping.
- Choose a code word or signal that would let children, relatives or neighbors know they should call for help.
- Hide spare keys and money in a safe place or ask a safe person to hold onto them for you in case you need to flee unexpectedly.
- If you are unable to get away from the abuser and are being assaulted, try to make yourself as small as possible to minimize any injuries. Get into a corner or put your back to a wall, bring your knees to your chest and use your arms to cover your neck.
- You have the right to protect yourself and that includes calling the police.
StrongHearts Native Helpline is a project of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
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