Creating a Safety Plan

safety plan

If you or anyone you know is in an abusive relationship, it’s important to create a safety plan to keep you and your family safe and free from harm.

Suggestions for Creating your Plan

  • Have important phone numbers readily available for yourself and your children. Make sure to include the following:
    *police
    *helpline
    *friends
    *shelter
    *doctors
    *family
  • Have important items and documents ready in case you need to leave quickly. Below is a helpful list of items.
  • Teach your children how to call the police in an emergency.
  • Tell one or two of your neighbors you can trust about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear suspicious noises coming from your home.
  • If you leave your home, have four different places you can go to immediately.
  • Leave extra money, car keys, clothes, and copies of documents with a trusted friend.
  • To ensure safety and independence, keep an extra cell phone with you at all times for a 911 call.
  • Open your own savings account.
  • Have and rehearse an escape route with a support person.

Checklist of Items

  • $50 or more in cash
  • Marriage license
  • Bank account numbers
  • Medications
  • Disability service items (walkers, hearing aids, contacts, glasses, etc.)
  • Identification
  • Social Security cards
  • Driver’s license and registration
  • Divorce papers
  • Address book
  • Passports, Green Cards, work permit
  • Lease/rental agreement, house deed
  • Insurance papers
  • Medications
  • Birth Certificates for you and your children
  • School and medical records
  • Keys for the house/care/office
  • Children’s favorite toys and/or blankets
  • Change of clothes for you and your children
  • Mortgage payment book, current unpaid bills
  • Pictures, jewelry, items of sentimental value

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