Some of this applies to the entirety of the USA and some applies to Kanawha county West Virginia only. I spoke to a lady at the YWCA in my region. If you know me really well, you know I saw quite a bit of hitting in the household and worse. I expressed how this subject means so much to me.
I was given a few really good tips.
- Come up with a code word, as I have done here. This code word is something between yourself and someone you can trust to call 911.
- Get out of the kitchen when you're arguing. The kitchen has weapons.
- Get out of any room that has weapons.
- Get close to a door, give yourself an escape route. Create an emergency plan.
- Teach your children to hide. Let it be a closet or any place to get them out of harms way.
- Create a savings account. Save a little at a time so you can leave.
Other YWCA offices will provide services. The information I have is just for my region.
The crisis number in my region is (304)340-3549 This number will connect you to a women's support group on Tuesdays, a children's support group that discusses appropriate behavior, and even a support group for teen dating.
This number will also provide shelter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Should anyone need a way to get a restraining order or further assistance the YWCA has a court advocate. Judy Quick and Pam Lauranson can be reached at (304)610-1575
For the safety of other women I will not be posting addresses. These numbers need to be called.