24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE: (407) 847-8562 / (407) 846-2472 TTY
24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE
(407) 847-8562 / (407) 846-2472 TTY
24-HOUR CRISIS HOTLINE
(407) 847-8562 / (407) 846-2472 TTY

While safety planning is very IMPORTANT, a safety plan should be made with the help of a domestic violence counselor or advocate. 

Our Help Now advocates may be reached 24 hours a day by calling 407-847-8562.

In your personal safety plan, you might think about the following:

Decide where you can go for help.

  • Tell someone what is happening and have phone numbers of friends, family and a domestic violence shelter with you at all times.
  • Make a getaway bag in case you need to leave quickly. Your “getaway bag” should include things for you and your children that you must have or that would be hard to replace like:
                 ‣ Driver’s license or other IDs
                 ‣ Passport, green cards, or work permit
                 ‣ Checkbook/bankbook
                 ‣ Birth certificates
                 ‣ ATM cards/credit cards
                 ‣ Social Security cards
                 ‣ School and/or medical records
                 ‣ Change of clothes
                 ‣ Emergency money
                 ‣ Medications or copies of prescriptions
                 ‣ Pictures or keepsakes
                 ‣ Long distance calling card
                 ‣ Extra keys
                 ‣ Address book and phone numbers
                 ‣ Insurance papers
                 ‣ Car registration
                 ‣ Picture of the abuser and your children
                 ‣ Copies of bills
                 ‣ Divorce, custody and/or injunction papers

Leaving an abusive relationship can be dangerous. These are things to think about if you plan to leave or have already left:

Decide where you can go for help.

  • Get a post office box or make arrangements for mail/bills to be sent to a friend’s address.
  • Have the phone, rent, utilities, etc. placed in someone else’s name
  • Get an Injunction for Protection and keep it with you at all times
  • Keep records of letters, notes or answering machine messages and promptly report violations to law enforcement
  • Notify children’s school, daycare or babysitter of the situation and give them copies of any court orders related to custody
  • Have them report any unusual contact from the abuser
  • Do not, under any circumstances, meet or contact the abuser alone
  • If you must meet the abuser, choose a safe public location and take another person with you
  • Have another person pick up and deliver children for visitation Here in Osceola County, there is a visitation center that is supervised and available should you wish to use it as a safe public place.
  • Change your routine and the routes you travel to work and school.
  • Do not go to places that you and the abuser went to together or a place where he/she is known to spend time.If you work, have a trusted coworker screen your calls and/or call the police if there is a problem.
  • Carry a cell phone for safety in the event you are followed 
                 ‣ If you are unable to purchase a phone, a 911-only cell phone is available through the Sheriff’s Office. Call 407-348-2222 or 407-348-1190 for help.
  • Teach your children emergency action:
                 ‣ How to call 911
                 ‣ How to escape the house during a situation of violence
                 ‣ Safe places to go, for example; a neighbor or friend’s house