I don't feel safe at home and/or in my community

It seems like violence is everywhere. When it happens at home, it can be especially scary as we should feel safest in our homes. You should also feel safe in the community where you live – but sometimes this is not the case either.

Feeling unsafe or physically hurt in your own home/community can leave anyone worried, upset and unable to focus at school.

No matter what you're feeling, it's important to remember that it’s not your fault. You can't control when someone chooses to be violent or not.

So, what can you do? Here are four steps you can take to keep yourself safe:

1. Collect important emergency numbers
  • Police: 10111
  • Ambulance: 01777 (112 on a cell phone)
  • Child welfare: 0861 452 4110 (to report abuse or neglect)

Sometimes it doesn't feel safe when violence is happening to phone for help; if you need to call during a violent episode, make sure you are in a safe place!

2. Talk to a friend or neighbour

Let an adult that you trust know that you’re scared and ask them to call for help if they hear violent or angry noises coming from your home, or if you contact them to ask them to call for you.

3. Know how to get out or where to hide

Before violence happens, think about where you can be safe in case it does. Think about your escape route or a safe place to hide in your house if there's no time to get away. Often, violence happens without warning. Your best option may be to go to the closest place near your home where you feel safe. This could be a neighbour, church or school.

4. Be prepared

Update your list of emergency phone numbers. Keep your cell phone charged and available, especially when you are feeling scared at home.

You have a right to be safe at home and in your community. Knowing that you have a safety plan when you need help can be a huge relief.

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