Domestic Violence Safety Plan

You may not have control over another person’s violent behavior, but you do have choices on how you respond. Victim’s of domestic violence can take steps to increase their safety and the safety of their children.

The Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office in connection with the Waterloo Police Department and Family Service League has established a Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART). This team is comprised of a prosecutor specializing in domestic abuse cases as well as a victim advocate and a police officer. The goal of the individuals assigned to this unit is to stop the violence, enhance victim safety and hold the abusers accountable for their actions. The prosecution of these cases is priority within our office.

Have a Plan

The following tips are ways to help you stay safe in different environments:
  1. Home
  2. Public & Work
  3. During An Incident
  4. Checklist
Safety at Home
  • Develop a safety plan and discuss it with your children.
  • Review the plan as often as possible.
  • Change the locks and install devices to secure your windows.
  • Make sure your children's school, day-care center or camp know who is authorized to pick up your children.
  • Tell your neighbors and landlord that your abuser no longer lives there and ask them to call the police if they see him or her near your home.
  • Before you resume a potentially abusive relationship, discuss alternatives with someone you trust.