A Safe Place for Change

SAFETY PLANNING

It is important to constantly think about your, and your children's, safety when you are planning on leaving an abusive relationship.

Below are important steps to take when planning for a safe exit from an abuser.

IF YOU ARE STILL IN THE RELATIONSHIP:

  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs – avoid rooms with no exits or rooms with weapons.
  • Practice how to get out safely of your home safely.
  • Keep purse/wallet and car keys readily available.
  • Memorize all important numbers.
  • Teach children to call 911 or other emergency numbers in your area.
  • Think about a safe place to go or safe person to contact.  

IF YOU ARE PREPARING TO LEAVE:

  • Rehearse an escape plan. Practice it with your children.
  • Open a savings account if possible.
  • Click here for a list of items you may want to consider if you are planning on leaving.

IF YOU HAVE LEFT THE RELATIONSHIP:

  • Change your phone number.
  • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries, or incidents.
  • Change locks if batterer has key.
  • Avoid staying alone.
  • Plan how to get away if confronted by batterer.
  • Vary your routine.
  • Keep your protection order on or near you.
  • Give the protection order to police departments in communities where you live and work.
  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.
  • Inform your employer, spiritual leader, close friends and relatives that you have a protection and show them a picture of the abuser.
  • Ask for help screening calls at work. 

Leaving an abusive relationship can be dangerous. Know your options. Safety planning help begins with a phone call to Branches' 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 304-529-2382. Call now. You have the right to be safe 24/7!