If you are being stalked, or if your life is being threatened, if someone who harmed or threatened you is being released from prison, or if you live or work in a highly dangerous environment, AWARE is available to help you find the resources and training you need to keep yourself alive. Some AWARE board members have first-hand experience with situations like these. We can help evaluate the danger you are in, and assist you in developing a personal protection plan that is suited to your specific situation. Don’t ignore what might be real danger!

Are You In Danger?        Yes

If you are in extreme personal danger, you should contact your local police immediately. Your highest priority should be to keep yourself safe, which includes finding a safe place to be, such as a police station, a safe house, a domestic violence shelter, or even a very public place.

If you are being stalked, AWARE has specialized stalking services and information to assist you. We can help to evaluate your situation, and work with you to develop a personal protection plan.

AWARE does not purport to be a substitute for law enforcement, legal advice or therapeutic intervention. If you need such services, contact your local police (911), the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800-799- SAFE), RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (800-656-HOPE), a local domestic violence counselor, or your local bar association.

Then contact AWARE, too, so we can help.

Are You In Danger?        No

Consider yourself very fortunate. However, violence can come your way when you least expect it. Every woman should learn how to protect herself from the most common problems women face (rape, street crime, domestic violence). AWARE courses are an empowering way to learn how to take care of yourself.

Take our Safety Quiz to test your reactions in a variety of situations.

You might also want to check out our website’s information on specific crimes, or tools and techniques for general information on what works and what doesn’t for various situations.

Are You In Danger?        Not sure

Uncertainty can be agonizing. If you are concerned enough about a situation to feel that you might be in danger, you should take those feelings very seriously.
You should consider getting assistance, from AWARE or other sources, to assess your situation. If you are at high risk for a potentially violent situation, or even just a dangerous one, there are many steps you can take to prepare yourself.

You might also want to check out our information on specific crimes, or tools and techniques for general information on what works and what doesn’t for various situations.  Search our web site for terms related to your situation. Contact AWARE for information and advice.