What is Safety Planning

Victim Safety is most important. A Safety Plan is a personal plan that includes ways to stay safe while in an abusive relationship, ways to stay safe while planning to leave and ways to stay safe after leaving. Safety Planning can include how to tell friends and family about the abuse, how to deal with the emotional stress and more. A good Safety Plan will be tailored to the unique situation of the victim, will contain all the vital information the victim needs and will help the victim walk through different scenarios that may challenge their safety.

The best way to complete a personal Safety Plan is with a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate.

Why Plan for Safety?

Because in moments of stress and crisis, a person's brain does not function the same way as if everything was calm. When adrenaline is pumping it is hard to make logical decisions, think clearly or think of everything. Having a plan all ready and laid out helps to keep the victim safe and protected.

Types of Safety Plans

  • Safety while living with the batterer
  • Safety planning with children
  • Safety planning with pets
  • Safety planning during pregnancy
  • Emotional Safety planning
  • Safety planning when preparing to leave the batterer
  • Safety planning when leaving the batterer
  • Safety planning after leaving the batterer

For additional information regarding safety planning please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline: Path to Safety or call the statewide hotline or the national hotline for assistance.

The Statewide Hotline at Women and Children First reach trained advocates 24/7 to get support and to plan for safety. 1(800)332-4443

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reach trained advocates 24/7 to get support and to plan for safety. 1(800)799-SAFE (7233) or 1(800)787-3224 TTY

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