Safety Tips

While on the street:

  • Be aware of your surroundings – where you are, who’s around you, what’s available to use to protect yourself (an exit, object, etc).  Present an alert, confident manner.
  • If you are using headphones consider wear only one & turning the volume down.  If you are using your cell phone, let the person you are talking to know where you are: This also tells those around you that someone knows your location.  Because you will not be able to hear as well, be sure to keep your eyes alert and attentive.
  • Be aware of how your clothes, bags, etc. may help you or may hinder you in the case of an attack.  Make any changes that can help you stay safe.
  • Try not to carry your keys, ID and wallet in one place like a purse: If your purse is stolen, the perpetrator will know where you live and will be able to get into your home.
  • Keep important items (money, Metrocard, etc) in your front pockets.
  • If you think someone is following you, don’t lead them to your home or a secluded place.  Go to a place full of people with whom you feel safe or go into a store and let them know you are being followed.


When traveling on subway or bus:

  • When on a crowded bus or train, always keep in contact with your possessions.
  • Be aware of men pressing body parts (including hands) against you.  Speak up: You can warn other women, gain allies and protect yourself by saying something. Remember that you have done nothing wrong.
  • When on the subway, ride in the cars with the conductors.
  • If possible, wait in the designated waiting areas for the subway.


When at home:

  • Know which exits are in working order
  • See if there is an object in each room that you can get to if you needed to defend or shield yourself from an attacker – someone known or a stranger.
  • If you see that your door has been broken, don’t go in to your house.  Go to a neighbor or a safe place and call the police.  If the person is still in your home, you don’t want to be there as they leave


When going out with friends:

  • Know where you are going and how to get home.
  • If someone is driving, remind them to stay sober for the evening.
  • Make an agreement with friends that no one goes off alone, especially with someone they don’t know.


When going out on a date:

  • Tell someone the name of the person you will be with, where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • Have enough money with you so if you need to leave, you can get home safely.


If you are involved with an abusive partner:

  • Know your partner’s warnings signs – if you can distract or stall him, or get away from him, do it.
  • Keep a record of the abuse such as photos, diaries, police reports, etc.  – It may be necessary to keep these things elsewhere like with a friend or family member you trust.
  • Have a “safety plan” – Put money, important papers, clothes and important phone numbers somewhere your partner won’t find them. Make sure you can get to these things if you need to leave quickly.
  • If your children can not come with you, send them to a safe place where your abusive partner can not find them
  • Remember, no one has the right to hurt you
  • Contact a local hotline for more help