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CRIME VICTIM WHAT YOU NEED services division to take with you The Crime Victim Services Division consists of IDENTIFICATION four sections: the Sexual Assault Prevention and Driver’s license GREG ABBOTT Crisis Services Program, the Grant and Contract FAMILY Birth certificate Attorney General of Texas Management Section, the Statewide Automated VIOLENCE WHAT IS Children’s birth certificates Victim Notification Program and the Crime Social Security cards Victims’ Compensation Program. family violence? FINANCIAL Money and/or credit cards (in your name) CRIME VICTIMS’ compensation Checking and/or savings account books If you are a victim of family violence, you may Family violence is an act by a member of be eligible for reimbursement of certain out-of- LEGAL PAPERS Protective Order pocket expenses related to the crime. Please a family or household against another Lease, rental agreement, house deed check our Web site or call for information and an Car registration and insurance papers application form. member of the family or household that Health and life insurance papers Office of the Attorney General Medical records for you and your children is intended to result in physical harm, P.O. Box 12198 School records Austin, Texas 78711-2198 bodily injury, assault, or sexual assault, Work permits/Green Card (800) 983-9933 Statewide Passport/Visa or that is a threat that reasonably places (512) 936-1200 in Austin Divorce and custody papers (512) 936-1800 Fax the member in fear of imminent physical www.oag.state.tx.us Marriage license Texas Council on Family Violence OTHER harm, bodily injury, assault, or sexual National Domestic Violence Hotline Medications (800) 799-SAFE (7233) House and car keys assault. Family violence does not include Women’s Advocacy Project Valuable jewelry defensive measures to protect oneself. Family Violence Hotline Address book (800) 374-HOPE (4673) Pictures and sentimental items Change of clothes for you and your children REV 03/05 • Devise a code word to use with your children, family, GET A FEELING SAFE A PERSONAL friends and neighbors when you need the police. protective order on the job and in public places a personal • If you or your children have been threatened or • Decide whom you will inform at work of your situ- SAFETY PLAN • Decide and plan where you will go if you ever have to assaulted, you can request a Protective Order from ation. Tell the building security officers, and if pos- safety plan leave home. your local district or county attorney. sible, provide them with a picture of your batterer. Remember: You Do Not Deserve to be Hit or Threatened • Always keep your Protective Order with you. • When at work, if possible, have someone screen your telephone calls. • Call the police if your abuser violates the Protective WHEN YOU ARE Order. • Have someone escort you to and from your car, bus preparing to leave or train. • Open a checking account or savings account in your • Inform family members, friends, schools and neigh- own name. bors that you have a Protective Order in effect. • Use a variety of routes to come and go from home. • Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of impor- • Think of alternative ways to keep safe if the police do IMPORTANT tant documents, and extra clothes and medicines in a not respond immediately. phone numbers safe place or with someone you trust. FEELING SAFE Name and phone number of Shelter: • Get your own post office box. in your own home DURING • If you stay in your home, lock your windows and ________________________________________________ an explosive incident... • Find a safe place where you and your children can go change the locks on your doors. • If there is an argument, try to be in a place that has or a person who can lend you money. Name and phone number of Hospital: an exit. Avoid the bathroom, kitchen or any room that • Develop a safety plan with your children for when you • Always keep the shelter phone number and some ________________________________________________ may contain weapons. are not with them. change or a calling card with you for emergency phone calls. • Inform your child’s school, day-care, etc., about who • Use your instincts and judgment. In a dangerous Law Enforcement Liaison phone number: has permission to pick up your child. situation, appease the abuser if possible to keep him • If you have pets, make arrangements for them to be ________________________________________________ or her calm. cared for in a safe place. • Inform your neighbors and the landlord that your partner no longer lives with you and that they should District Attorney Victim Assistance Coordinator: • Practice getting out of your home safely. Identify Remember: Leaving Your Batterer is the Time to be call the police if they see him/her near your home. ________________________________________________ which doors, windows, elevator or stairwell to use. Most Cautious • Never call the abuser from your home; he/she may • Pack a bag and have it ready at a friend’s or relative’s find out where you live. Never tell the abuser where house. you live. • Identify one or more neighbors whom you can tell • Request an unlisted/unpublished number from the about the violence, and ask them to call the police if telephone company. they hear a disturbance coming from your home.