Safety planning refers to developing a personalized and practical plan of action that can help lower your risk of being hurt by a partner while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. Creating a safety plan is an accessible way to manage risk factors, identify safety resources and protect your overall well-being/safety.
Safety plans can include the following steps:
- Obtaining a new cell phone
- Changing a routine
- Changing locks and installing security systems
- Determining ways to keep children safe
- Creating a plan for where to go should an incident occur
- Calling Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Consider these questions when developing your own safety plan:
✔ Are you able to confide in a trusted source — a friend, family member, or neighbor?
✔ Is it possible to avoid areas or locations that make you feel unsafe?
✔ Where in your neighborhood could you go during an emergency?
✔ Is there a list of phone numbers you need to memorize in the event of a crisis?
✔ Do you have children to include in your safety plan?
✔ Do your children know where to go in case they witness violence?
✔ Do you need to have a safety plan in place for work or school?
✔ Is your safety plan stored on a computer or smartphone?
Taken from www.safehorizon.org/our-services/safety-plan