Safety planning is primarily for someone involved in an abusive relationship, your safety is of primary importance.
Planning for your safety is a necessary and important step, it can be used while you are still with your abuser or after the relationship has ended.
A “safety plan” is a term often used to describe a plan of actions that can help keep you safer from an abuser.
A victim cannot control his or her partner’s abusive behavior, but they can take steps to protect themselves and their children from harm. A safety plan is a personalized and practical plan that helps identify things a victim can do to better protect themselves and their children and to help reduce the risk of being hurt.
Safety plans can include:
Obtaining a new cell phone
Changing a routine
Changing locks and installing security systems
Determining ways to keep children safe
Creating a plan for where to go should an incident occur.
If a victim is planning to leave, here are some thing to consider:
Putting aside a bag with money, a change of clothes, identification, and medication.
Putting aside important documents like birth certificates and social security cards.