Providing domestic violence and child abuse services to American women and children overseas

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
And the Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA.

Staying Safe

Stay Safe on the Phone

When you have finished speaking to an Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center advocate, hang up and then lift the receiver, dial any number and hang up again. This way, if someone presses the redial button on the phone, they will not be connected to Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

Stay Safe Online

If you are living with an abuser, the safest way to look for resources online is to use a computer that the abuser cannot access, such as a public terminal at a library, community center, or domestic violence organization. If you must use a computer that your abuser can access, please read the following instructions on how to stay safe online.

It is possible for the abuser in your life to trace your Internet activities and see that you have viewed the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center web site. Please select your browser below for instructions on how to clear the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center web site to minimize risk after viewing. Please Note: This will not erase information from spyware or key-logging devices.

If you are still in the relationship

  • If you have access to your vital documents such as: passports, visas, birth certificate, children’s birth certificate, medical documents, and financial records keep them safe and keep copies of each in a safe, secure location.
  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs - avoid rooms with no exits (bathroom), or rooms with weapons (kitchen).
  • Think about and make a list of safe people to contact.
  • Keep change with you at all times.
  • Memorize all important numbers.
  • Establish a "code word" or "sign" so that family, friends, teachers or co-workers know when to call for help.
  • Think about what you will say to your partner if he/she becomes violent.
  • Remember, you have the right to live without fear and violence.

If you have left the relationship

  • Change your phone number.
  • Screen calls.
  • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or other incidents involving the batterer.
  • Change locks, if the batterer has a key.
  • Avoid staying alone.
  • Plan how to get away if confronted by an abusive partner.
  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.
  • Vary your routine.
  • Notify school and work contacts.
  • Call a shelter for battered women.