If you are experiencing violence or threatening behavior from a partner, spouse, ex-partner or ex-spouse, regardless of whether that person lives with you or not, there are steps you can take to plan for your safety and for the safety of your children. This is called safety planning. Crossroads' staff can help you develop a safety plan specific to your situation.
Remember that keeping safe does not always mean leaving your home. In fact, leaving your home without planning can be a very dangerous thing to do. Here are some important things to remember when keeping safe:
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All internet communication is traceable. Do not contact Crossroads Safehouse or anyone else about your abuse via e-mail if you suspect your computer use is being monitored. Instead, use a safer computer or the phone instead. For more information on technology and social media safety, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline's information page.
Don't leave Crossroads or related information materials in a place where someone might find them. If you call Crossroads and you have a redial feature on your phone, be sure to dial a "safe" number after you call us.
If you need immediate help because you or someone you care about is in danger, call 911.
The staff of Crossroads is available to assist anyone suffering from domestic violence and abuse based on his or her individual needs and current situation. This includes women, children, teens and men who have experienced abuse both recently or in the past. We even provide foster care for pets of victims of domestic abuse.
Call Crossroads Safehouse day or night, toll-free at 1-888-541-SAFE (7233) or 970-482-3502.
It is better to have a conversation with a trained advocate about your situation rather than e-mailing them. Our advocates are available 24 hours a day to help you assess your safety and create a safety plan. We can provide information about our Safehouse, outreach services and education, legal advocacy and other Crossroads' programs at any time.
Seeking help does not mean deportation. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of your immigration status. Laws in the United States can protect individuals who have experienced domestic violence. You have the right to:
- ask for help and/or information from the police or the court system.
- speak with someone without your partner present.
- keep your children with you even though you leave the home of your aggressor.
- ask for and obtain a protection order.
- seek legal advice at any time (with or without the cooperation of your partner).