Your home is a safe place until it’s not. We're all spending a lot more time at home now, in close quarters with other people. This can be stressful and cause tensions easily between you and your loved ones. Those feelings are normal. What is not ok, is any sort of verbal or physical violence towards yourself or others.
We want to assure you that you do not need to remain silent. Riley County Police Department (RCPD) Officers are on-duty and ready to help when you need us. Our Victim Advocate Coordinator is available to discuss your personal options and connect you to local resources. The Crisis Center’s emergency shelter remains open and available 24 hours a day. Pawnee Mental Health’s Crisis Stabilization Unit’s hotline can assist with safety planning and emergency community resources.
When isolation, financial pressures, or tensions of tomorrow’s unknowns is creating a hostile home environment:
- Locate a safe place within your home (preferably with a door or exit window) for you and/or your children to create natural separation when situations get tense
- Remain in social contact with family and friends via phone, social media, or Facetime
- Create “code words” with trusted family/friends and children if you are in trouble
- Ensure Emergency SOS or Emergency Location Sharing function is activated on your cell phone
- Make time daily to exercise or be outside
- Keep busy with safe activities/projects within your home
- Pack an emergency bag (with an extra set of keys, clothes, medications, and important documents) if you must leave quickly
- Reach out for help
These important contacts can assist you with safe services, helpful information, and emotional support.