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Stay Safe

For help call our hotline at (800) 688-6157.
Our advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your call is confidential. 

What is a 
Safety Plan?

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. Safety planning involves how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse, take legal action and more.

A Good Plan 
Is Vital

A good safety plan will have all of the vital information you need and be tailored to your unique situation and will help walk you through different scenarios.

S.A.F.E. offers transitional housing to help victims stay safe and become self-sufficient while supporting them on their journey to permanent success.

Safety Plan

Although some of the things that you outline in your safety plan may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that in moments of crisis your brain doesn’t function the same way as when you are calm. When adrenaline is pumping through your veins it can be hard to think clearly or make logical decisions about your safety.

Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you to protect yourself in those stressful moments.

Safety during a violent incident. 

  • Practice how to get out of your home safely. 

  • Keep purse and car keys readily available. 

  • Teach children how to use the telephone to contact the police and fire department. 

Safety when preparing to leave abuser.

  • Open savings account to increase independence. 

  • Rehearse an escape plan. Practice it with your children. 

Safety with an order of protection. 

  • Keep your protective order on or near you at all times. 

  • Give your protective order to police departments in communities where you visit families or friends. 

  • Inform your employer, spiritual leader, closest friend or relatives you have a protection order in effect. Show them pictures of the abuser. 

  • Ask for help screening telephone calls at work. Call police immediately if the order is violated. 

Items to consider taking when leaving: 

  • Identification, birth certificates, and social security cards. 

  • School and vaccination records. 

  • Money, checkbook, ATM cards, credit cards, and bank books. 

  • House and car keys. 

  • Drivers license and registration. 

  • Medication

  • Welfare identification, work permits, green card, and passports. 

  • Divorce papers. 

  • Lease or rental agreements, house deed, mortgage payment book, and insurance papers. 

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