How to Call for Help Safely

A partner can often tell when a woman makes up her mind to stop the abuse. Do not underestimate your partner. Make sure your phone calls don't leave tracks.

Internet-based telephones, which also go by names like "VOIP", or "Network Telephony", keep records of all calls. Web-based telephone systems, such as "Skype", also keep records. You should not use these types of telephone systems to call for help, if your partner has access as well.

Cell phones can also keep records of the numbers that have been called.

A local call made on a regular telephone line will not produce a record of the call. However, many telephones have a "redial" button, and you may want to call a friend or other "safe" number after you make any call you don't want your partner to know about - they can check up on you just by pressing "redial".

One way to be sure your home telephone uses a regular telephone line is to check your telephone bill. It will come from a Telephone Company, such as Bell or Sprint. It will not list any local numbers, only long distance. If you still aren't sure, you should use extra caution.

The safest way to call or to receive calls from us is from a friend's phone, a public phone, a work phone, or any telephone that has nothing to do with your partner.

If you are in danger, call 911.

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