Be Prepared – Plan for Your Safety

Know the CPAF hotline number: 1-800-339-3940

If you experience sexual assault or rape:

● ŸGo to a safe place.

● ŸCall for help.  Your call to CPAF is confidential and you can be anonymous.  You have the right to get help regardless of immigration status. You have the right to receive legal and medical services in the language you speak.

● ŸGet medical help as soon as possible to check for injuries and prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

● ŸPreserve evidence of the assault.  If possible, do not bathe, do not brush your teeth, do not drink, do not change your clothes, and do not go to the bathroom.

● ŸThink about if you want to file a police report.  You can do this as soon as you are ready.  If you file a report, you have a right not to participate in the prosecution of the person who assaulted you.

If you experience domestic violence:

● If you are in immediate danger or injured, call 911.

● Pack a bag with spare house and car keys, money and basic necessities.

● Have a safe place to go that is open 24 hours, such as a police/fire station or a hospital.

● ŸTell your children the safety plan so they can contact neighbors or the police in an emergency.

Keep important documents with you, such as:

  • State I.D./Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Green Cards/Passports
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Car Registration
  • Immunization Records
  • School Records

Know your abuser’s date of birth and social security number. You may need it.