Tips for Safety
If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1!
We care about your safety. Although people cannot prevent abuse and crime from happening to them, people who have a sense of “what to do,” report feeling more capable and less anxious. It is why we value creating an individualized safety plan with you. A strong safety plans addresses how to manage physical and emotional safety. Safety plans also cover information about how to be safe through technology, with finances, at your place of work, and in your home.
Safety plans are unique to each person. Your advocate will meet with you to discuss what is already working and help identify some other options to enhance your sense of safety. You might start considering documenting incidents with date, time, location, who was present, and what occurred. It can also be beneficial to identify who can be an ally for you or consider filing a protective order.
You may need to speak to an advocate outside of our business hours. We have a crisis line available 24 hours a day (317-776-3472). Advocates are available to help you safety plan for the night. They can provide a referral for shelter. They can meet you at a hospital if you are seeking medical care from a nurse or doctor for an injury sustained due to a violent incident or sexual assault.
Sometimes the stress of our experiences with trauma makes us feel like we do not want to be alive anymore. There are specially trained crisis lines for this type of support. You deserve the opportunity to speak with one of these professionals. You can reach them at National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). If you feel like you need to be assessed immediately, please seek behavioral health crisis services at St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis Stress Center (317-338-4400) or Community Hospital North Behavioral Health Pavilion (317-621-5700).
Other times, it just feels like we struggling with our emotional wellbeing. Our community has people you can talk to. You can reach them at Aspire Indiana (317-574-1252).
Sometimes we are not sure if we are in an emergency situation or just need support. If you are in danger, we want you to call 911. Danger can include serious threats, injury, and escalation to the point that you need a neutral party present. This type of need is much different than the support that our advocates can provide you on the crisis line.