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What do I protect my children from intimate partner violence?

Protecting yourself and your children is your number one priority. Begin by asking them if they’ve been abused. Studies have shown that in 40% to 60% of families where there is intimate partner violence, child physical abuse is also present. Develop a safety plan with and for your children that includes safe places to go in your house and escape routes to leave the home. Teach them who to call for help in emergencies and help them memorize important emergency phone numbers. Urge them not to get in the middle of an argument or fight between you and your partner because they can get hurt trying to break it up.

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