Effective safety planning is essential to getting out of a domestic violence situation. Here are some basic safety techniques. Please see our “create your own safety plan” page to complete your own safety plan.
Safety at Home – If you and your abuser get into a fight, move to a room that has a phone, door, or window. Stay away from the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere near weapons.
Phone Numbers – Keep a shelter’s phone number, some change, or a calling card on you at all times for emergency phone calls.
Get Away Bag – Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents, and extra clothes with someone you trust so you can leave quickly.
Children – Talk to your children about your safety plan. Teach them about 911, including how and when to call the police.
School and Child Care – Tell your children’s teacher and child care provider who can pick up your children. Talk to your children about who they should tell if they see your abuser.
Order for Protection – Always keep your protection order with you. Make extra copies to keep in your car, at work, in your purse, and at your children’s daycare or school.
Family and Friends – Tell trusted family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and your boss that you have a protective order.
Leaving Work – Make up a safety plan for when you leave work. Have someone walk you to your car or bus. Go home different ways. Plan for what you would do if your abuser follows you.
Want to learn more about domestic violence? You can see our educational presentation topics here. To schedule a presentation on DV 101 for your school, workplace, or organization, click here.