10 places to go if you don’t feel safe at home

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Kids Help Phone is here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency services and child protection services are still available across Canada and mobile crisis support is also available in some areas. No matter what, your safety is a priority — it’s important to find ways to protect yourself, even while practising physical distancing.

Feeling unsafe at home is never OK. Here are a few places you can go if you need to get away.

Your safety is important. If home isn’t a safe place right now, there are other spots in your community you can go. Check out these places to get a break for a few hours:

  • a friend’s house
  • a youth shelter
  • a relative’s house
  • the mall
  • the library
  • a park, garden or other public green space
  • a community or drop-in centre
  • school
  • a Friendship Centre
  • a playground

If you feel unsafe at home, it’s important to tell a safe adult (such as a Kids Help Phone counsellor) about what’s going on. If you’re in immediate danger, call 911. And if you need help finding a place to go near you or for longer than a few hours, you can search Resources Around Me.

Remember, feeling unsafe at home is never OK. It’s essential to remove yourself from the situation, stay safe and get help if you need it.

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