Crime Prevention Guide

106 POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA Abuse in the home With physical distancing restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s possible that your living space or home is not a safe place for you right now. If you’re unable or not ready to leave the situation, it’s important to create a plan for your safety, even if only for the short term.Any kind of abuse happening at your home is not your fault and you deserve a safe place to live and grow.You’re not alone: if you need someone to talk to, you can contact Kids Help Phone. Emergency services and child protection services are also still available across Canada. Visit Kids Help Phone online to create a Safety Planner.The online tool will help you make a safety plan. Notice behaviours If things have been challenging at home for a long time, the abuser may have specific patterns. Knowing this person’s behaviours, routine and warning signs - or things that trigger them - can be important information to help keep you safe.When you notice these behaviours it may indicate to you when it’s time to go to a different room, connect with support or leave home if possible. • Triggers and behaviours I can be aware of: Reduce contact There are ways to distance yourself from someone in your home even if you can’t physically leave.This may include reading, colouring, journaling, watchingTV, doing your homework, listening to music or a podcast with headphones, etc.These activities can subtly let those around you know that you’re busy or unavailable to engage with them. (continued)