Safety Plan for Victims of Domestic Violence
This is my plan for increasing my safety and preparing in advance for the possibility of further violence. Although I do not have control over my partner's violence, I do have a choice about how to respond to him and how to best get myself and my children to safety.
My Important Telephone Numbers
Police: 911 and ______________ (Non-Emergency)
Domestic Violence Program/Safe Home: ___________SAFE 1-800-478-2316 Crisis Line ___________________
District Attorney's Office ____________________________________________
Safety During an Assault
Women cannot always avoid violent incidents, but they can do a number of things to increase their safety during violent incidents.
I can do some or all of the following:
1. If I decide to leave, I can get out of the house by ________________________ (Practice how to get out safely. What doors or windows will you use?)
2. I can go to ________________________ (Decide this even if you don't think there will be a next time.)
3. In order to be able to leave quickly, I can keep my purse and vehicle key ready by putting them ________________________
4. I can tell ________________________, (neighbors) about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear suspicious noises coming from the house.
5. I can teach my children how to use the telephone or radio to contact the police and to get help in an emergency.
6. I can use ________________________ as my code word with my children and/or friends when I am in danger, so they will call for help.
7. When I expect an argument, I can try to move to ________________________, a space near an outside door that has no guns, knives or other weapons (usually bathrooms, garages and kitchen areas are dangerous places.)
8. I can use my judgment and intuition. If the situation is very serious, I can give my partner what he wants to calm him down. I have to protect myself until I am out of danger.
9. I can call the police when it is safe, and I can get a protective order from the court.
Safety When Preparing to Leave
Leaving must be done with a careful plan to increase safety. Batterers often strike back when they believe the woman is leaving the relationship.
1. So I can leave quickly, I can leave money, an extra set of keys, extra clothing and important documents with _________________
2. I can open a savings account to increase my independence by _________________
3. I can check with _________________ and _________________ to see who would be able to let me stay with them or lend me some money.
4. The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). By calling this free Hotline, I can get the number of a shelter near me.
5. I can rehearse my escape plan and, as appropriate, practice it with my children.
6. Other things I can do to increase my independence:
Checklist - What you may want to take with you, if it is safe to do so:
2. Address book
4. Credit cards
6. Social Security Cards
7. Keys (house/car/work)
8. Welfare identification
9. Driver's license/vehicle registration
10. Address book
11. Birth and marriage certificates
12. Checkbook, ATM card and other bank books
13. Work permit
14. School and vaccination records
15. Children's birth certificates
16. Divorce papers
17. Copy of protective order
19. Pets (if you can)
21. Photo Album
20. Children's special blanket, doll or stuffed animal
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