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safety plan is intended to aid victims of domestic violence in
securing their physical safety and personal well-being.
The plan is not a substitute for law enforcement and
professional help. If
you fear you life is in eminent danger, call 911 immediately.
You Choose to Stay…
a safe place to go during arguments.
Avoid rooms with no exits or rooms with
your children where to go to be safe and how to
call for help.
about and make a list of safe people to contact.
change with you at all times.
all important numbers
a “code word” or “sign” so that family,
friends, teachers or co-workers know when to call
all violent incidences in a journal.
Include date, place, time, witnesses, and
contact with police.
Hide the journal.
your car into the parking spot so you can leave
quickly if necessary.
you have the right to
live without fear and violence!
You Choose to Leave…
medication & all important documents: social
security cards, birth certificates, ID cards, bank
statements, any bills in your name, diplomas,
transcripts, marriage license, W-2’s etc. (Starting over is easier if you have all your documents,
but all documents are replaceable.
Consider your safety first when preparing
not tell your children your plans until it is time
to leave. Reassure
them that they will be safe and protected.
a domestic violence shelter if you need a place to
stay or you fear for your safety.
your steps where you reached out for help.
Delete caller ID and “cookies” from
you leave, avoid staying completely alone.
tell friends and family your new location until
your safety is secure.
Abusers often manipulate the people you
trust to gain information about how to find you.
a Protective Order.
No criminal charges are necessary to obtain
a temporary PO.
Temporary PO’s can be made permanent upon
a hearing approximately 10 days after the initial
your employer, friends, and family that you have
left the abusive relationship and that you want no
contact with the abuser.
to an unlisted number and keep it confidential.
a P.O. Box to receive mail so that your actual
address is not revealed.