Have A Plan
5 PARTS OF A SAFETY PLAN
The most dangerous time for someone in an abusive situation is often when they attempt to leave. Safety planning is crucial. A safety plan can be created before obtaining a protection order. Use the tips below to talk through a safety plan with a friend.
Pack an emergency overnight bag for you and any children.
Give it to a trusted friend of family member to keep for you. Include extra car or house keys, diapers, toiletries, and medications.
Be aware that your internet use may be monitored and take precautions accordingly.
Store important digital information in a password-protected file.
Identify a safe place you can keep track of the abusive behavior and incidents. Or ask a trusted friend to keep records for you.
Date each incident and describe what happened. Take photos if applicable.
Copy and gather important documents in a safe place (financial account information, children's birth certificates, SS cards, etc.). If you are able, start putting cash away in a safe place.
Keep important phone numbers or emails on hand. These can include an attorney, a domestic violence advocate, a therapist, or your local women's shelter.
If there are weapons in the house, know where they are and think about how you might get rid of them.
Think about escape routes within your home. Imagine how you would utilize the space to keep yourself and your children safe.
Teach your children how to call 911 or talk about which contact to call in a situation of danger. Plan a "code word" with a trusted friend who also knows your safety plan and knows what to do if you text or call with the "code word."