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Take Care Of Yourself

How To Care For Yourself 

  • Be patient with yourself
  • Take things slowly. Healing takes time and can often be difficult
  • Recognize that your healing path is unique and individual
  • Give yourself permission to take a break if you need one
  • Obtain support from friends and family you can trust.Know that you are not alone in your experience
  • Know that you are in no way responsible for the assault that you experienced
  • Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for professional help
  • Use your artistic gifts to express your feelings - art, music, writing in a journal or diary 

If you are experiencing violence in your relationship it is important that you know you have the right to be safe. 

SAFETY PLANNING - LEAVE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE

If you are being hurt, it is important to plan for your safety, and the safety of your children.

Before the next outburst, think about:

  • A safe place to go: a trusted friend or relative, emergency room or public place or Nursing Station
  • Locating all possible escape routes.Leaving before violence starts
  • Taking your children with you.Staying out of rooms in which there are weapons
  • Having a small amount of money hidden awayGetting your own bank account
  • Calling crisis line for help or information

Prepare a bag with the following supplies and leave it in a safe place outside of the home:

  • Money to buy basics
  • Clothing for you and your children
  • Favorite toys
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Extra keys for house and car
  • .Phone numbers of emergency shelters and services

Pack originals or copies of these:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Insurance Numbers
  • Status Cards
  • Health Care Cards
  • Bank Books
  • School/Vaccination Records
  • Address Book
  • Restraining Orders
  • Divorce/Separation Papers
  • Custody Agreements
  • Insurance Papers
  • Lease/Mortgage Papers