Safety at Court or Public Places
- If at all possible, arrange for someone to go with you for support and safety.
- Wait in a safe place if your abuser is nearby, such as next to a security guard or bailiff in court.
- Sit at a physical distance from the abuser and their family members. Always make sure other people are in between you and the abuser.
- Make certain that you are safe when you leave a courthouse or a public place. Abusers often stalk victims to discover where they live, or to punish victims for taking legal action. Arrange to go directly from the court to a friend or relative’s house so that you will not be alone in the event that you are being followed, or not leading them straight to your residence.
- You can also ask court personnel to escort you to your vehicle.