Abuse Checklist & Safety Plans

Abuse Checklist

Does your partner…

  • ever snoop into your personal belongings or violate your privacy?
  • insult you, call you names, make you feel stupid or unworthy?
  • keep you from seeing your friends and family?
  • pretend he/she is doing you a favor by staying with you?
  • ever hit, slap, push, or kick you?
  • throw things at you?
  • break your personal belongings?
  • force you to have sex?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may be in an abusive relationship. 

Safety Plans

  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs – avoid rooms with no exits (i.e. bathroom) or rooms with weapons (i.e. kitchen).
  • Have a safety plan with a trusted neighbor, family member, or friend. Ask them to call 911 if they hear a disturbance. Establish a “code word” or “sign” so they know when to call for help.
  • Always keep a packed bag ready in a safe place with easy access.
  • Have a copy of important papers (including birth certificates, social security cards, etc.)
  • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries, or other incidents involving your partner.
  • Know where you would go to be safe if you have to leave, including places within walking distances if you cannot access your vehicle.
  • Consider filing a protective order through the courts. Remember it is important to follow existing court orders (i.e. custody orders, visitation orders, protective orders, divorce, etc.)
  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.

Visitation Safety Planning

  • Document exchanges, including who was involved and any altercations.
  • Always keep court documents on you and contact the police if needed.
  • Request that visitations be in public places like a bank, fast food locations, etc.
  • Request that all verbal and phone contact be stopped (except for emergencies) and that all communications happen through text or email.

Vanderburgh County Community Resources

Crisis Intervention & Counseling

Albion Fellows Bacon Center
812-422-5622

YWCA
812-422-1191

Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare
812-423-7791

Lampion Center
812-471-1776

Holly’s House (reporting site)
812-437-7233

DCS/CPS (Child Protective Services)
800-800-5556

AMENDS
877-505-4236

Parenting Time Center
812-759-1543

Law Enforcement/Legal

Central Dispatch
812-426-7325

Emergency 
911

Evansville Police Department
812-436-7896

Vanderburgh Sheriff’s Office/Jail
812-421-6200

Prosecutor’s Office/Victims Assistance
812-435-5150

Child Support Division
812-435-5326

LEGAL

Legal Aid Society
812-435-5173

Indiana Legal Services 
812-426-1295

 

MEDICAL

St. Mary’s Hospital
812-485-4000

Deaconess Hospital 
812-450-5000

ECHO Clinic
812-421-7489

Tri Cap
812-428-2189

Deaconess Family Practice
812-450-3363