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Safety Planning

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Safety planning is an ongoing process, contact a nearby licensed domestic violence program to connect with an advocate who can help.

 

If you are still in the relationship: 

  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs – avoid rood with no exits or rooms with weapons.
  • Practice how to get out safely of your home safely.
  • Keep purse/wallet and car keys readily available.
  • Memorize all important numbers.
  • Teach children to call 911 or other emergency numbers in your area.
  • Think about a safe place to go or safe person to contact. 

 

If you are preparing to leave:

  • Rehearse an escape plan. Practice it with your children.
  • Open a savings account if possible.

 

If you have left the relationship:

  • Change your phone number.
  • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries, or incidents.
  • Change locks if batterer has key.
  • Avoid staying alone.
  • Plan how to get away if confronted by batterer.
  • Vary your routine.
  • Keep your protection order on or near you.
  • Give the protection order to police departments in communities where you live and work.
  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.
  • Inform your employer, spiritual leader, close friends and relatives that you have a protection and show them a picture of the abuser.
  • Ask for help screening calls at work.

 

Items to consider taking when leaving: 

  • Identification
  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • School and vaccination records
  • Marriage license and/or divorce papers
  • Leases or deeds in both names
  • Money, checkbook, ATM card, charge card, bank books
  • House and car keys
  • Pay stubs or W-2 for both of you
  • Drivers License and registration
  • Medications
  • Welfare identification, work permits, green card, passport
  • Bank statements and charge account statements
  • Documentation of past incidents
  • Insurance policies

 

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