SHIFA WOMEN’S CENTER
The Shifa Women’s Center is committed to ending violence against women through prevention, intervention, outreach, and advocacy. We help those hurt by violence to heal and empower themselves so that women, children
Domestic violence is physical abuse or emotional abuse that takes place in a home. Overwhelmingly, victims are women. We act as a referral for victims of domestic violence, focusing on immigrant women. Immigrants from regions such as the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa are less likely to seek help from mainstream service agencies, due to cultural and language barriers. These barriers may include:
- Fluency in the English language
- Little to no family or friends in the U.S.
- Threats to immigration status
- Lack of knowledge about existing legal protection, immigration laws, service agencies, and religious beliefs or cultural practices not understood by others
Our women’s center provides direct intervention, counseling, police
- Hide extra money, extra house keys
andextra car keys.
- Establish a secret code with family and friends.
- Ask neighbors to call the police (911).
- Remove any weapons.
- Have important papers readily available such
as:-Social Security numbers for woman, abuser, children -Birth certificates (woman, children) -Driver’s license, passport, photo ID -Important names and telephone numbers
- Hide a bag of extra clothing and toiletries.
When an Abuser Moves Out
- You may want to obtain an “Order of Protection”. -Call the Police to get an “Emergency Order of Protection”. (713-308-1100 Houston Police Department Family Violence Unit)
- Keep your “Order” with you at ALL times, and give copies to family, friends, schools, employers, and baby-sitters.
- Change locks on doors and windows.
- Insert a peep-hole in the door.
- Change telephone number, screen calls
andblock caller ID.
- Install/increase outside lighting.
- Consider getting a dog.
landlordand neighbors of the situation and ask that police be called if the abuser is seen around the house/apartment.
Safety at Work
- Tell your employer.
- Give security a photograph of the abuser and a copy of your “Order of Protection”.
- Screen your calls.
- Have an escort to your car or bus.
- Vary your route home.
- Consider a cell phone for your car.
- Carry a noise-maker or personal alarm.
- Identification -Order of Protection -Driver’s License -Children’s Birth Certificates -Your Birth Certificate -Social Security Card -Abuser’s social security number and photograph -Titles to cars, houses, and any other real property -Welfare Identification -Address Book (so your abuser can’t track you down) -Photographs
- Money -Money and Credit Cards -ATM Cards -Savings Books -Checkbook
- Legal Documents -Lease, Rental Agreement, or Deed to House/Properties -Car Registration and Insurance Papers -Health and Life Insurance Papers -Medical Records for you and your Children -School and Immunization Records -Work Permits/Green Card or Visa -Passport -Divorce Papers
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS KEEP A COPY OF THE ORDER OF PROTECTION WHEREVER YOU GO!
- Place important papers such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance information, school records, passports, and immunization records in an immediately accessible safe location.
- Make sure all keys are easy to get to and safe. These include keys to your house, car, safety deposit box, and office.
- Pack a bag with changes of clothes, medicines, money for cab fare, toys and whatever else you and your children need for the first 24 hours. Keep the bag in a safe place, such as a trusted neighbor, friend or relative.
Safety at Home
- Think about all possible escape routes. Do not allow yourself to be cornered in a room, especially a kitchen or
withyour children about safe places to go and how to get help.
- Plan and rehearse an escape route with your children. Choose a place to go. For example, to the home of a friend, or relative who will offer unconditional support. Or, to a motel, or hotel, or a shelter – most importantly, somewhere you will feel safe.
- Try to start an individual savings account. Have statements sent to a trusted relative or friend.
- If it is safe, teach a trusted relative or friend a code word which will mean to call 911, and how to use a public telephone.
- Let school personnel know to whom children can be released. Give school personnel a photograph of the abuser.
- Warn school personnel not to divulge your address and phone number.
- Set up an emergency signal with a trusted neighbor.
- If someone is following and threatening you, find different ways to
goplaces and tell your boss and family.
- Copies of an “Order of Protection”, if you have one, should be left at each child’s school. Copies should also be given to baby sitters, employers, and lawyers.
How an abuser can discover your internet activities
Email: If an abuser sends you threatening or harassing email messages, they may be printed and saved as evidence of this abuse. Additionally, the messages may constitute a federal offense. For more information on this issue, contact your local United States Attorney’s Office.
History / Cache file: If an abuser knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file (automatically saved web pages and graphics), he or she may be able to see the information you have viewed recently on the internet. You can clear your history or empty your cache file in your browser’s settings.
- Click on Tools
- Click on Internet Options
- Click on Delete under Browsing History
- Click on Apply
- In the top-right corner of Chrome, click the Chrome menu
- Select More tools > Clear browsing data.
- In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
- Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select
beginningof time to delete everything.
- Click Clear browsing data.
- Click the menu button New Fx Menu and choose Preferences.
- Select the Advanced panel.
- Click on the Network tab.
- In the Cached Web Content section, click Clear Now.