Developing a Safety Plan
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1. Every individual in an abusive relationship needs a safety plan.
In developing your safety plan, you should individualize it, taking into account:
  • Age
  • Marital status
  • Whether children are involved
  • Geographic location
  • And resources available

2. Think about all possible escape routes:
  • Doors
  • First-floor windows
  • Basement exists
  • Elevators
  • Stairwells
  • Rehearse if possible

3. Choose a place to go:
  • To the home of a friend or relative who will offer unconditional support
  • Or a motel, hotel, or shelter
  • Most importantly, somewhere you will feel safe

4. Pack a survival kit:
  • Money for emergencies
  • A change of clothes
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Birth certificates
  • Passports and greencards
  • Medications and copies of prescriptions
  • Insurance information
  • Checkbook and credit cards
  • Legal documents such as separation agreements and protective orders
  • Address books and valuable jewelry
  • Papers that show jointly owned assets
  • Police records
  • Pay stubs, income tax records

  • Conceal it in the home, or leave it with a trusted neighbor, relative or friend
  • Important Papers can also be left in a bank deposit box
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5. Start an Individual Savings account
  • Have statements sent to a trusted relative or friend.

5. Avoid arguments in certain areas
  • Avoid arguments with the abuser in areas with potential weapons.
  • Kitchen, garage, or in small spaces without an outside door.

6. Contact the Domestic Violence Hotline

  • Know the telephone number of the domestic violence hotline 1-800-33-HAVEN
  • Contact it for information on resources and legal rights helters provide safe shelter, emotional support, advocay, referrals to other social services and information on victim's rights.

7. Review the Safety Plan monthly

  • Review the safety plan