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Action Plan for Safety
- Drive by the residence to see if things seem okay -- is there anything
suspicious going on?
- When pulling into the parking lot/neighborhood, look around to see
who is hanging around and what the atmosphere seems to be.
- Note at least two (if possible) exits and entrances to parking.
- Back your car in and don't park directly in front of the home/residence.
- Listen outside the door of the home for disturbances such as screaming,
yelling, or fighting.
- When knocking on the door, stand to the side, not in front of it.
- Introduce yourself clearly, letting the family know who you are and
why you are there.
- Assess the person/persons you are talking with. What is their demeanor?
Are they intoxicated?
- Note the location of doors in the home. Leave the door unlocked if
- Scan the environment for any weapons--guns are often kept in the bedroom,
knives in the kitchen.
- Note any drug paraphernalia lying about and what danger that poses
to you or the children.
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1998 Jordan Institute for Families