Safety Planning

Are you in an abusive relationship? Protect yourself. 

  • Talk to someone you trust about what is happening.
  • Call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 205.322.4878 or the statewide domestic violence hotline at 1.800.650.6522 to learn about laws and resources (including shelter and advocacy) that will help you.
  • Keep important papers (social security cards, health insurance documents, ID, drivers license, financial statements, birth certificates, passports), a change of clothes, medicines, personal care items and some money stored in a secret place so you have access to it in an emergency.
  • Arrange a signal with a neighbor to let them know when you need help; for example, a certain light on or pulling down a particular window shade - something that alerts them you need help.
  • If an argument seems unavoidable, try to have it near an exit and away from weapons.
  • Teach your children not to get in the middle of an argument. They should go to another room to be safe. Teach them how and when to call 911 and where they should go if they need to flee.

Protection from Abuse

A court order under the Protection From Child Abuse Act (PFA) provides limited protection for people who have been threatened, harassed or physically abused.

Important numbers for more domestic violence information

YWCA's 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

205.322.4878

YWCA Court Advocates

Birmingham...205.322.9922
Blount County…205.274.7446
St. Clair County...205.338.8808

Statewide Domestic Violence
Hot Line

1.800.650.6522

National Domestic Violence
Hotline

1.800.799.7233