Harmony House

Women's Shelter

If you are in danger, call 9-1-1

An abuser can often tell when a woman has made up her mind to stop the abuse. Do not underestimate
your abuser. Learn to cover your tracks for the protection of you and your children.
An abuser can often tell when a woman has made up her mind to stop the abuse. Do not underestimate your abuser. Learn to cover your tracks for the protection of you and your children.

Escape button

There is a floating red escape button on every page. If someone approaches you while you are on our site and you want to hide the page, click that. It will immediately take you to the Weather Channel.

Browser risk

If you are not sure you can be safe, do not use a computer that your partner has access to. You can use computers at a public library or a payphone to reach out for help. Every website browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Google Chrome, Safari) keeps a record of websites you have visited. Find instructions on how to delete “cookies” or “temporary internet files”. You can use the HELP function of your browser. Many browsers will also remember things you have searched for, so delete any previous searches such as “signs of abuse”, “am I being abused”, or “how to erase websites I have visited”.

Email risk

If you are not sure you can be safe, do not use a computer that your abuser has access to. You can use computers at a public library or internet café to reach out for help. Ask to use a phone at a local community centre also!

Your email program will save a copy of any sent messages. Make sure to completely remove any emails that your abuser might find, or do not use a computer or email box that your abuser has access to.

Telephone risk

When you contact us, or any organization assisting women in danger, be careful to use a telephone that does not keep a record of the number you called. If you have a memory in your phone, hit redial and then “clear” or “erase” to remove that number from your called list. Or if your phone only stores the last number you called, call a friend after you call for help. If you call long distance, phone numbers will appear on your bill. And if you and your abuser share an Internet-based phone system, like VOIP or Skype, do not use this system to call for help. If you are not sure of your telephone or cell phone, or what it might be able to tell your abuser, use a friend’s phone, a public phone, a work phone, or a phone that has nothing to do with your abuser.

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I love Harmony House. They are very good people and they always help us. This is like my 2nd home. Whever I come here, they help us, with anything we need – even our taxes. They are all good women and we love them all.
– Aya

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