Personalized Safety Plan

FOR MORE INFORMATION, I CAN CONTACT THE FAMILY REFUGE CENTER AT (304) 645-6334.

When a crisis arises in an abusive relationship, there is little time to plan how to safely leave if you need to. If you are in an currently in an abusive situation, you can increase your safety by considering the following:

I will have important phone numbers accessible to me & my children. (These numbers are listed on the back).

I can tell __________ and __________ about the violence and ask them to call the police

if they hear suspicious noises coming from my home.

If I leave my home I can go (list 4 places) __________________________________________

__________________________________________

__________________________________________

__________________________________________

I can leave extra money, car keys, clothes, and copies of documents with

__________________________

If I leave, I will bring (see checklist on back) ____________________________ ___________________

If an argument turns violent when we are at home, I will try to move to an area of low risk

(when possible, avoid altercations in the kitchen due to the availability of weapons).

To ensure safety and independence, I can: keep change for phone calls with me at all times, open my own savings account, rehearse my escape routes with my children and support person, and review this safety plan weekly.

INCREASING SAFETY WHEN THE RELATIONSHIP IS OVER

I can change the locks, install steel/metal doors, a security system, smoke detectors,

and an outside lighting system.

I will inform __________ and __________ that my partner no longer resides with me and to

call the police if he/she is observed near my residence or my children.

I will tell people who take care of my children the names of those who have permission

to pick them up. The people who have permission are

_________________________

_________________________

I can tell _______________ at work about my situation and ask __________ to screen my calls

I can avoid stores, banks, and ____________ that I used while residing with my abuser

I can obtain a protective order from __________ court, keep it on or near me at all times and

leave a copy with__________

If I feel down and ready to return to a potentially abusive situation, I can call _______ for support

or attend workshops and support groups to gain support and strengthen my relationships with

other people

If I am being stalked on the highway, some things I can do are:

Go to the nearest police station

Flash my lights and blow my horn at passing motorists

Yell for help out the car windows

Buy a “Call the Police” banner and display it in my back windshield or in my car windows

Drive to any public area where there are lots of people

Stick to heavily traveled roads

Stay in well-lit areas

CHECKLIST ITEMS TO TAKE

Identification (e.g. birth certificate, Social Security cards)

Change of clothes

School and medical records

Money, bank book, credit card

Keys (house, car, office)

Driver’s license/registration

Medication for self & kids

Pictures and jewelry

Other sentimental items

Welfare identification

Passport, green card, etc.

Divorce papers

Lease/rental agreement

House deed, mortgage payment book and insurance papers

Current unpaid bills

Children’s toys/blankets

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

Police_____________________

Friends____________________

Hotline____________________

Shelter____________________

Being Aware + Informing Others + Finding Support = Increased Safety

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