Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Halloween Safety and Domestic Violence. Is safe Trick or Treating Possible?
The topic on Voices of Hope today was domestic violence and Halloween. With self-defense expert Anny Jacoby we discussed how domestic violence victims might more safely enjoy Halloween. This was the first show for which we have ever had a full switchboard of calls listening in. There weren't many questions asked on air. We did get some via email. Not all were answered during the show. Some were answered later. In case you missed it, Voices of Hope is available for download as a free podcast. Go here to download or use your iTunes account.
In addition to lecturing on her own, Anny Jacoby founded and directs Realistic Female Self-Defense. She is also a domestic violence survivor who found the courage to rebuild her life after walking away. Anny tells us to "Be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are” She said this is our first line of defense after creating a safety plan.
All domestic victims should have a safety plan and update it as things change. This is especially true for domestic violence victims at Halloween. Work with your local agency to get this done. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799. SAFE if you aren't sure who serves your local area.
Some ideas for Halloween safety and domestic violence include going anyplace where there is security and do your trick-or-treating there. Some possible choices include a mall, community service center or to to go to local businesses that are celebrating the holiday. Some churches offer trunk-or-treats that may also provide a fun evening out with security.
Weigh your options carefully. Going to a different place for Halloween has it's advantages and disadvantages for victims of domestic violence. You may be unfamiliar with the area which could hamper your ability to leave easily. The advantage is that your abuser may not know to look for you at the mall in the next town.
Keeping the trick-or-treat location secret from your child may help improve your safety. Making it a game may also add to your child's Halloween fun.
At Halloween, some victims of domestic violence may not be able to trick-or-treat safely. Ask your local domestic violence agency about any closed parties that they may have. This may be the best way for you to have safe fun with your child.
Anny Jacoby also cautioned all of us to be vigilant on Halloween safety by checking the National Sex Offender Registry. She says it is important for everyone to know who lives in your neighborhood. The website she suggested is www.familywatchdog.us.
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