A couple of years ago a cop friend of mine told me something that's been clanging around in my head ever since. She said, "The police are not responsible for your safety. YOU are responsible for your safety. The police are just there to clean up the mess."
That made a huge impression on me and has seriously influenced my philosophy when I teach. Since most of us don't walk around with a cop at our sides, we need to be proactive about our own safety.
Sometimes people we live with are the ones that pose a danger to us, and that can leave us feeling totally vulnerable and alone. Yesterday I posted an interview I did with Lisa Lucas, formerly of the Domestic Violence Unit at the Travis County Sheriff's Department (she is now a patrol deputy).
There's a lot of good information in there about what to do if you find yourself in danger at the hands of a loved one. Even if you are not in that situation and don't expect to be (of course, who does expect to be?) it's still worth a listen. The information you learn may help change the life of someone you know.
Check it out here, and thanks to Officer Lucas for taking the time to help us out.