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Safety Planning

How You Can Help

A safety plan is an escape strategy, should someone need to leave an abuser quickly. Here are some tips:

  • Create and practice an escape plan.
  • Keep copies of important documents, an extra set of keys, change of clothing, medication, money and other necessities in a safe and accessible place, like at the home of a trusted friend.
  • Tell trusted friends, family or neighbors to keep an eye out and call the police if they hear or see trouble.
  • Choose a “safety word” that can clue friends and family in that you need help.
  • Pinpoint public areas you can get to easily if a violent situation develops.
  • Identify a safe place to stay like a shelter or house of a trusted friend or family member.
  • If necessary, get an order of protection.
  • Of those who report abuse, 88% tell a friend.
  • You can be that friend.
  • Don’t blame the victim. They didn’t ask for the abuse or do anything to deserve it.
  • Try and facilitate the victim making the choice to be safe, but don’t force them; they already have someone who does that to them.
  • Make sure the victim is safe and encourage them to seek help.
  • Encourage the victim to create a safety plan.
  • Don’t confront the abuser as this could put you and the victim in danger.
  • If necessary, encourage the victim to seek medical attention.


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