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SAFETY PLANNING

In relationships where there is a history of blaming, name-calling and devaluing the other person, it is reasonable to expect that these households will increase in toxic emotions and destructive arguments during this time of social isolation. Children stuck in homes with this kind of toxicity will carry the brunt of damage caused by being witness to an emotionally (and sometimes physically) abusive home.

If you are in a toxic relationship, where arguments quickly devolve into blame, resentment, name calling, and devaluing the other person, this period of social isolation is going to be especially challenging. Abuse often happens as a result of increased anxiety, heightened fear, decreased self-esteem, and lack of emotional regulation. Loss of jobs and income, and stress from being isolated without outlets to relieve boredom, only add to the increased threat of abuse.

Historically, domestic violence increases in the midst of a national or global crisis.  If your relationship has ever been physically violent, where your partner has thrown objects, destroyed property, or hit you or a member of your household, you need to create a safety plan for your physical safety. Saving your or your children’s lives are just as important as staying healthy.


Here are some resources that can help:

National: 

National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 800-799-SAFE http://www.thehotline.org/ 

National Suicide Prevention Hotlines: 800-273-8255 https://www.imalive.org/ 

800-784-2433 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ 

Texas:

TDPS Abuse Hotline: 800-252-5400 https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Contact_us/report_abuse.asp

Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice – Victim Services: 800-848-4282 http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/ 

Texas Youth Hotline: 800-989-6884 http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Hotline/ 

Dallas County (and surrounding area):

The Family Place: 214-941-1991 http://www.familyplace.org/ 

Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center:  972-641-RAPE (7273)

Genesis Women’s Shelter: 214-389-7700 

Parkland Hospital Victim Intervention Program/Rape Crisis Support Center: 214-590-0430

Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force:  https://dallascityhall.com/government/citycouncil/district13/dvtf/Pages/default.aspx  

Hope’s Door New Beginnings Center: (972) 276-0057 https://hdnbc.org/ 

The Salvation Army (DAL): 214-424-7208

Dallas Mental Crisis Hotlines: MetroCare Services 214-330-7722

Suicide & Crisis Center 214-828-1000

Contact Counseling and Crises Lines  972-233-2233 (adult), 972-233-8336 (teen)

Dallas Substance Recovery Resource Council 214-522-8600 info@dallascouncil.org

Collin County:

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center: (972) 633-6600 http://www.caccollincounty.org/

Collin County Substance Abuse Program 972-548-5570 ccsubabpc@collincountytx.gov

Tarrant County:

The Salvation Army (FTW): 817-332-2495

Safe Haven (Tarrant): 877-701-7233

Denton County:

Denton County Mental Health Center: 800-762-0157

Friends of the Family: 800-572-4031

Denton County United Way 940-566-2688

Denton County Child Advocacy Hotline: 972-894-8463