WORKING WITH BATTERED WOMEN: A Handbook for Health Care Professionals
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Women Who Are Returning Home
Abused women who are returning home will need a list of telephone numbers of emergency and counselling services for abused women. In some cities or areas, shelters or other service providers have produced cards that contain listings of emergency numbers, shelters for abused women, and counselling programs. If none are available, you should provide the women with the name and number of the police, the closest battered women's shelter, and the name and number of any agency in your area that offers support programs for abused women. Such a list can be obtained from the Hot Peach Pages, available online, and near the front of the Saskatchewan phone books. You should review with her how the services operate so she will feel more comfortable in accessing them.
It is important to ask the woman if anyone has ever talked to her about a safety plan for her and her children. A safety plan is a simple checklist that assists the woman in making necessary preparations for fast and safe escape when violence occurs. It is important to review a plan with the woman and if it is safe for her, to give her a copy to take away (see below).
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