Important Items to Keep in a Safe Place:
Identification: Driver License, passport, card, Social Security, Birth Certificate, birth certificate, refugee cards CASH, Jewelry, Credit Cards.
Take Pics – send to secret email/friend
Safety During a Violent Incident
Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives..)
Go to a room with a door or window to escape
Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can
Take pictures of bruises or injuries
Safety & Children
Teach them not to get in the middle of a fight, even if they want to help.
Teach them how to get to safety, call 911, give your address to the police.
Teach them who to call for help (trusted friend, family, etc).
Make sure that the children know who to tell at school if they see the abuser.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) & Domestic Abuse
DV calls to
and shelters have increased during this pandemic.
There has seen a great increase in police referrals to the hotline as officers respond to domestic violence incidents in Milwaukee County.
Coronavirus has led to rising unemployment, which adds to anxiety and limits financial options.
From March to September 2020, more than 6.5 Million Wisconsin residents have filed for unemployment. During the same period of time last year there were 7,654 filings for unemployment.
No matter the situation — quarantine or not — people in an abusive relationship should have a
and be prepared to take action to save themselves and their children.
People seeking temporary restraining orders (TRO) can now file electronically.