Creating a Safety Plan
It is important to know that although you do not have control over your (ex) partner’s violence, it is possible to increase your own, as well as your children’s safety when being subjected to this abuse. Creating a safety plan involves identifying action steps to increase your safety, and to prepare in advance for the possibility of further violence. This information offers some suggestions and ideas that we hope you will find useful. However, don’t try to do everything right away. Take it a step at a time, and start with the ideas that we hope you will find useful. However, don’t try to do everything right away. Take it a step at a time, and start with the ideas that you think will work for you.
In creating a safety plan, it is important to become familiar with and to review and/or revise your safety plan regularly. Abusive situations and risk factors can change quickly.
Women cannot always avoid violent incidents. However, in order to increase your safety, here are some things you can do;
· Start to position yourself with a quick out, near a phone to call 911.
· Try to move to a space where risk is the lowest.
· Use your code word with your children so they can call for help.
· Use your judgment and intuition - if the situation is serious, you can agree with your partner to protect yourself until out of danger.
· Make as much noise as possible so neighbours call police.
· Give 911 as much information as possible.
Preparing to Leave
Emergency Escape Plan
Other Things to Consider