SAFETY ALERT: The interactive guide to safety planning requires you to enter information into an online form. Before you begin, be sure that the computer you are using is in a safe location and is not being monitored by your partner. Click here to learn more about how an abusive partner can monitor your computer.
If you are using a school or work computer, remember that the information you enter may be monitored by your school or employer.
If it is not safe for you to enter information into the computer, you can still read through the safety plan and think about your answers to the questions.
When you exit the safety plan, your information will not be stored on the website. If you need to exit the safety plan quickly, click on the “Escape” button at the top right of the page. If you are in danger, call 911 immediately.
WHAT IS A SAFETY PLAN?
A safety plan is a set of actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner. It includes information specific to you and your life that will increase your safety at school, home, and other places that you go on a daily basis.
HOW DO I MAKE A SAFETY PLAN?
Take some time to go through each section of this safety planning tool. You will be asked a series of questions to help you identify your safety options. You can use this tool on your own, or you can use it with a friend or an adult you trust.
At the end of the process, you will have a printable version of your personalized safety plan that you can reference whenever you need it. You can read it online, print it immediately, or have a link sent to your email. The link will be active for 24 hours; after that, your information will be deleted from the website.
You will also be given a pocket-sized emergency contact card that you can fill out with phone numbers and keep with you at all times so you always know how to contact the most important people.
KEEP IN MIND:
- For this safety plan to work for you, the information you fill in must be honest and accurate.
- Once you complete your safety plan, be sure to keep it in an accessible but secure location. You should also consider giving a copy of your safety plan to someone that you trust.
- If you don’t feel safe keeping the printed safety plan or emergency contact card with you, then you can still use the safety tips. Try to memorize at least one phone number of someone you can call any time.
- You know your situation better than anyone else; trust your judgment and weigh your options before taking any steps.