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Planning for your safety and the safety of those living in your home is vital to your well-being.

A Safety Plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe 
while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave.

A Safety Plan  - While living
with an abusive partner

Identify safe areas of your home

Safe areas have ways to escape

If arguments arise, move to the safe area

Don’t run to where the children are located

If violence is unavoidable, make yourself a small target

Go to a corner, curl up into a ball, protect your face

If possible, have a phone accessible

Always know what numbers to call for help

If your life is in danger, call 911

Let trusted friends and neighbors know in case you need help

Teach your children how to get help

Teach your children not to get involved in the violence

Tell your children that violence is never right

Practice how to get out safely.  Practice with your children

Plan what you are going to do if your children tell your abuser your plan

Keep weapons like guns and knives locked away

Make a habit of backing car into driveway for easy departure

Try not to wear scarves & long jewelry that can be used to strangle

Create several plausible reasons to leave the house at different times of day

Practice leaving at different times of day

Know where you are going when you leave

Have one or two locations where you will go

Have a plan for when violence escalates in the home.  
Always be aware of the closest exit and how you are 
going to get out when violence occurs.

The National Center on Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence
Safety Plan

Violence tends to escalate
when you try to leave. 

Some things to keep in mind
before you leave.

Keep any evidence of physical abuse, such as pictures of injuries

Keep a journal of all violent incidences – dates, events, threats

Keep journal in a safe place | Know where to get help

Tell someone what is happening to you

If injured, go to a doctor or an emergency room

If injured, make a report of what happened to you

Plan with your children

Identify a safe place for children to go if violence erupts

Reassure children their job is to stay safe, not to protect you

Try to set money aside or ask a friend to keep money for you



Driver’s license

Birth certificate 

Children’s birth certificates

Social security cards

Financial information

Money and/or credit cards -

-(in your name)

Checking and/or savings account books

Legal Papers

Protective order

Copies of any lease or rental agreements, or deed to home

Car registration, health & life insurance papers

Medical records for you and your children

School records

Passport | Visa, etc.

Divorce and custody papers

Marriage license

Emergency Numbers

Your local police and/or sheriff’s department

Your local domestic violence program or shelter

Friends, relatives and family members

Your local doctor’s office, hospital and

Family Justice Center



Extra set of house and car keys

Valuable jewelry

Pay-as-you-go cell phone

Address book

Pictures and sentimental items

Several changes of clothes for you and your children

Emergency money


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