A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you’re in danger.
If you’re experiencing abuse or are in an unhealthy relationship, you should create a safety plan. Whether you decide to end the relationship or stay, it’s a good idea to empower yourself with the knowledge of how to act in different scenarios.
Keep these items with someone you trust: spare keys, a set of clothes, important papers, prescriptions, money.
Keep any evidence of physical abuse (ripped clothing, photos of bruises and injuries, etc.). Plan the safest time to get away.
Know where you can go for help. Tell someone what is happening to you. Have the phone numbers of friends, relatives and domestic violence shelters with you.
Call 911 if you are in danger.
If you are injured, go to the hospital emergency room or doctor and report what happened to you. Ask that they document your visit.
Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them: a room with a lock or more than one means of escape or a neighbor’s house where they can go for help. Reassure them that their job is to stay safe, not protect you.
Arrange a signal with a neighbor (e.g. – if a certain light is on call law enforcement).Contact Response to find out more about planning for safety for you and your children.
These are just a few ideas to help keep you safe, in the event that you need to leave in a hurry. We can do a more intensive and personalized safety plan with you to help you be more prepared. Call us to meet with one of our staff to talk about your options.