If you are hurt or in danger, call 9-1-1.
If you are in a safe space to make a phone call,
our 24-hr Hotline is available:
For Deaf, hard-of-hearing, or Deaf-blind, please use
relay/VRS (voice relay service)
Be careful when you look for help.
Use a safe computer. What you do on a computer is easy for someone else to find out about. Someone else may be able to see what websites you visit and read your email even if you delete your browser history and delete files. Think about using:
- A computer at the library
- A friend’s computer
Use safe storage. If you take notes or get a brochure, keep those things private. Think about asking a friend or relative to keep those kinds of things for you.
- Make or get copies of important papers to keep safe: IDs, birth certificates, legal documents, etc.
- Use your phone safely. Don’t forget how easy it is for someone to pick up your phone and hit re-dial, look at the call log or even track down a detailed phone bill. If you haven’t turned it off, or are on a calling plan with someone, they may be able to use the phone gps to locate you. Think about getting a second, pre-paid phone to use while you are safety planning.
Click the "quick escape" button. Anytime you use this website and need fast privacy, clicking the “quick escape" button will take you to the Austin American-Statesman website.