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What Should I Do if I am Attacked, Slapped, Punched, or if my Child is?

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What should I do if I am attacked, slapped, punched, or if my child is?

Call 911, don’t talk yourself out of it saying you don’t want to hurt your husband, wife, or partner, ruin his reputation, or embarrass your children! If you are scared, trust yourself!  Leave, protect yourself and your children!


Hi, this is Helen talking. If you feel you or your children are in danger, leave the house if you can, and go to a neighbor’s or a friends or family members and call the police. If needed scream, take your children and run, whatever it takes to be safe.

When someone is out of control, angry, is not the time to try to reason with them, just leave if you can. Think about it ahead of time if possible, like right now.
 What if…
You got yourself one of those remote car starters that had an alarm on it! They make your car horn honk, the lights flash, and a loud alarm sound. It will surely make someone call the police. If it costs too much for you, try to find a way to raise or borrow the money—your own and your child’s life just might depend on it! Dealerships can order them.

Don’t hesitate, just grab your kids and leave. Don’t talk, you can explain later. Think how to be safe. Shelters and those kinds of  places will help you rebuild your life. Better to have a life, than your child’s Wii system, they’ll be sad, but alive!

If you have no car, or can’t ever afford the remote key fob to set off an alarm, there are many less expensive things out there. There are stun guns, pepper gels sprays, steel batons, back up cell phones for when he grabs and destroys yours, and even personal alarms you can carry or wear. There are gadgets that hang around your neck and are alarms, easy to set off. You  can go to the library and do a search, search Google or Yahoo for “Self Protection”.  One  web address I found where you can order self protection items is http://www.tbotech.com When you make a purchase, consider  having them sent somewhere else so that your husband/wife won’t know you ordered them. Once they come however, you must keep them with you at all times, on you, or within reach.






Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

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