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Computer Safety

The Internet can be a valuable resource for those in a potential or actual domestic violence situation, but please read and observe some precautions.

Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, call our 24-hour help line 800-647-9161.

Escape Bag

Prepare an escape bag with all the essentials you will need to successfully escape an abusive home, and keep it in a safe place.

Peace House Helps Victims and Potential Victims

Peace House operates a licensed domestic violence shelter that is staffed by qualified Victim Advocates and Case Managers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

We help people both in and outside of the shelter.  If you need help or information you can call our help line 800-647-9161 at any time of the day or night.

There is also a state-wide 24-hour help Link-line available at 800-897-5465.

If your need is not urgent, or you are just looking for information, please review this section of our web site.

Following a violent encounter

  • If possible, take pictures of any personal injuries and property damage resulting from the attack
  • Have medical personnel (including ambulance attendants) document your injuries and how you incurred them
  • Seek shelter if you do not feel safe in your home - call Peace House at 800-647-9161
  • Consider obtaining a protective order against your abuser; Peace House can help with that

Staying in your home, with a protective order

  • Tell your neighbors about it; enlist their help in watching out for you. Arrange a signal to alert them if you are in danger so they can call 911 if you can't
  • Keep your protective order and emergency phone numbers with you at all times (the protective order is valid anywhere in the U.S.)
  • Change the locks on your doors; install locks on windows; screen incoming calls
  • Cancel joint bank accounts and credit cards; open new accounts in your name only, preferably at a different bank
  • Carry noise-makers and / or pepper spray; be prepared to use them!
  • At work, tell your supervisor, receptionist and security about the protective order. Provide them a picture of your abuser. Have someone screen incoming calls, if possible
  • Always park in well-lit places as close to the building as possible. Ask security, a co-worker or neighbor to walk you to your car, bus, lunch spot
  • Save all voicemail and email messages received from your abuser

You fear abuse may escalate to violence

  • Call our 24-hour help line 800-647-9161 for advice; keep the number handy
  • Carry a fully-charged cell phone. If you don't have one, contact us for a free emergency-access phone
  • Plan an escape route from your home and ensure your children know how and when to use it
  • Prepare an Escape Bag
  • Prepare an Escape Plan so you and your children know what to do if the situation at home becomes unsafe or intolerable. Make sure your children know what to do if violence occurs. Call Peace House 800-647-9161 for help devising your escape plan
  • Be aware of cruelty to pets and other animals by your abuser; this is often an indicator of impending violence against people. Remove pets from an abusive situation so the abuser can't use them to control you; call Friends of Animals Utah (Furburbia) at 435-649-5441 for temporary shelter for your pets
  • Maintain a journal and photos documenting abusive behavior, including when and where it happened and the circumstances. Document whether children were present at the time and witnessed the abuse or violence. Keep the journal in a place where the abuser will not find it!
  • Know and practice safe Internet use