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Safety Planning


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 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.


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.

Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline for more information on safety planning in different situations.

  • Safety While Living with an Abusive Partner

  • Safety Planning with Children

  • Safety Planning with Pets

  • Safety Planning During Pregnancy

  • Emotional Safety Planning

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