Opening New Doors Foundation Inc. (ONDFI)

is a nonprofit (501c3) comprehensive domestic violence organization

Please take a moment to learn and understand more about domestic violence with our new PSA found below. Please be aware there is music (no words), so please only press play if it's safe.

We are here for those who need help to flee, those who struggle to avoid homelessness after fleeing, those who are planning to relocate; those in domestic violence shelters; those who struggle from the memories of witnessing a parent being abused or living in a shelter, and those who love someone being abused.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of controlling and dangerous behavior that can include physical, psychological, verbal, and sexual abuse and may be experienced at a victim’s home, place of work, or even in public.

Some forms of abuse can include (any or all):

Verbal Abuse

  • Name-calling
  • Put-downs
  • Yelling
  • Use of profanity
  • Unfounded accusations
  • Cruel and hurtful remarks
  • Degrading the victim in public
  • Diminishing accomplishments
  • Flying into rages



Emotional Abuse

  • Isolation
  • Ignoring
  • Controlling finances or employment
  • Lack of trust/Suspicion
  • Following or stalking the victim
  • Criticizing
  • Threats of suicide
  • Threats of taking away children
  • Threats of physical violence
  • Threats of murder
  • Minimizes or denies behavior, explosive or critical reactions


Physical Abuse


  • Choking/Strangulation
  • Holding the victim down against their will
  • Throwing or breaking objects
  • Pushing
  • Shoving
  • Slapping
  • Biting
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Using a weapon
  • Murder

Sexual Abuse


  • Rape
  • Forcing unwanted sexual acts
  • Use of weapons during sex
  • Forced sex involving multiple partners
  • Inflicts pain during sex


We are a primarily volunteer-run organization. We run mostly thanks to wonderful donors. We try to help our clients when we can, to have emergency funds, supplies, transportation, an overnight stay at a hotel or AirBNB, packages of undergarments, a prepaid phone, and any other miscellaneous financial need.

Personalized Safety Plan

Your safety is the most important thing. Listed below are tips to help keep you safe. The resources in this book can help you to make a safety plan that works best for you. It is important to get help with your safety plan.

Opening New Doors may be able to provide you with a cell phone that is programmed to only call 911. These phones are for when you need to call the police and cannot get to any other phone.

If you are in a relationship that hurts more than you know it should, please think about...

  1. Having important phone numbers nearby for you and your children. Numbers to have are the police, hotlines, friends, and the local shelter.
  2. Friends or neighbors you could tell about the abuse. Ask them to call the police if they hear angry or violent noises. If you have children, teach them how to dial 911. Make up a code word that you can use when you need help.
  3. How to get out of your home safely. Practice ways to get out.
  4. Safer places in your home where there are exits and no weapons. If you feel physical abuse is going to happen, try to get your abuser to one of these safer places.
  5. Any weapons in the house. Think about ways that you could get them out of the house.
  6. Even if you do not plan to leave, think of where you could go. Think of how you might leave. Try doing things that get you out of the house – taking out the trash, walking the pet, or going to the store. Put together a bag of things you use every day (see the checklist below). Hide it where it is easy for you to get.
  7. Going over your safety plan often. Talk with your children regarding the Safety Plan in place.

If you are considering leaving your abuser, please think about …

  1. Four places you could go if you leave your home.
  2. People who might help you if you left. Think about people who will keep a bag for you. Think about people who might lend you money. Make plans for your pets.
  3. Get a cell phone.
  4. Opening a bank account or getting a credit card in your name.
  5. How you might leave. Try doing things that get you out of the house – taking out the trash, walking the family pet, or going to the store. Practice how you would leave.
  6. How you could take your children with you safely. There are times when taking your children with you may put all of your lives in danger. You need to protect yourself to be able to protect your children.
  7. Putting together a bag of things you use every day. Hide it where it is easy for you to get.

Items to take, if possible:

  • Children (if it is safe)
  • Money
  • Keys to car, house, work
  • Extra clothes
  • Medicine
  • Important papers for you and your children
  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • School and medical records
  • Bankbooks, credit cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Car registration
  • Welfare identification
  • Passports, green cards, work permits
  • Lease/rental agreement
  • Mortgage payment book, unpaid bills
  • Insurance papers
  • Order of Protection, divorce papers, custody orders
  • Address book
  • Pictures, jewelry, things that mean a lot to you
  • Items for your children (toys, blankets, etc

If you have left your abuser, please think about...


  1. Your safety – you still need to.
  2. Getting a cell phone. Opening New Doors may be able to provide you with a cell phone that is programmed to only call 911. These phones are for when you need to call the police and cannot get to any other phone.
  3. Getting an Order of Protection from the court. Keep a copy with you all the time. Give a copy to the police, people who take care of your children, their schools, and your boss.
  4. Changing the locks. Consider putting in stronger doors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a security system and outside lights.
  5. Telling friends and neighbors that your abuser no longer lives with you. Ask them to call the police if they see your abuser near your home or children.
  6. Telling people who take care of your children the names of people who are allowed to pick them up. If you have an Order of Protection protecting your children, give their teachers and babysitters a copy of it.
  7. Telling someone at work about what has happened. Ask that person to screen your calls. If you have an Order of Protection that includes where you work, consider giving your boss a copy of it and a picture of the abuser. Think about and practice a safety plan for your workplace. This should include going to and from work.
  8. Not using the same stores or businesses that you did when you were with your abuser.
  9. Someone that you can call if you feel down. Call that person if you are thinking about going to a support group or workshop.
  10. Safe way to speak with your abuser if you must.
  11. Going over your safety plan often.

What makes us different?

We are survivors who have used our personal and professional experiences to identify gaps on micro and macro levels. We realize how many people don’t understand the complexity of domestic violence. We follow a client-centered (we will work on what you want to work on), trauma focused (to be sensitive to help you work through pain from your past) counseling approach to make sure that we are helping you to actually achieve YOUR goals!

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We are available early mornings through late night

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Please reach out.
We are here for you.
There's no wrong time as
long as it's safe for you.
Please stay safe &
know there is hope and
people out there who care.

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