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Safety Planning

Safety planning is a crucial and personalized strategy that individuals in the context of domestic violence, it is used to enhance your safety and that of your children where applicable. It is a proactive approach aimed at reducing the risk of harm when dealing with abusive relationships. Safety planning is typically carried out with the help of professionals or support organizations, but individuals can also create their own safety plans.

The specific components of a safety plan may vary based on the unique circumstances of the person involved, but it often includes the following elements:

  1. Identification of warning signs: Recognizing early signs of potential danger or escalation in an abusive relationship is the first step in safety planning. Understanding what triggers abuse can help individuals take preemptive actions.

  2. Safe places: Identifying safe locations where individuals and their children can go in the event of an immediate threat, such as a friend's house, a domestic violence shelter, or a public place.

  3. Transportation arrangements: Planning how to leave a dangerous situation, including access to a vehicle or transportation options.

  4. Personal belongings: Packing a bag with essential items like identification, important documents, medication, clothing, and money to have readily available.

  5. Children's safety: Developing a plan to ensure the safety and well-being of children during and after an abusive incident. This may involve arranging for childcare, school, or a safe place for children to stay.

  6. Restraining orders and legal assistance: If applicable, seeking legal protection through restraining orders or other legal measures and accessing legal resources.

  7. Developing a support network: Reaching out to trusted friends, family members, or support organizations that can offer assistance.

It's important to note that safety planning should be adaptable to changing circumstances. A well-structured safety plan can be an essential tool for those facing domestic violence or other forms of abuse, which will enable those experiencing the abuse to take proactive steps to protect themselves and their loved ones. It is highly recommended to seek assistance from domestic violence organizations or professionals who specialize in safety planning for the most effective and personalized guidance.

To complete a safety plan with someone 24/7, you can reach out to the Family Violence Info Line  at 310-1818. 

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