Safety Planning

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.


Safe Dating

Here are some tips on how to stay safe when dating:

  • You may want to consider double-dating the first few times you go out with a new person. Before leaving on a date, know the exact plans for the evening and make sure a parent or friend knows these plans and what time you expect to be home. Let your date know that you are expected to call or tell that person when you get in.
  • Be aware of your decreased ability to react under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you leave a party with someone you do not know well, make sure you tell another person you are leaving and with whom. Ask a friend to call and make sure you arrived home safely.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable, try to be stay calm and think of a way to remove yourself from the situation.

Click here for dating resources.


Cyber-stalking Safety

Here are some other helpful tips to stay safe when being stalked:

  • Victims, under the age of 18, should tell their parents or another adult they trust about any harassment or threats.
  • If the stalker is known, victims should send the stalker a clear written warning, communicating that the contact is unwanted and asking the perpetrator to cease any further contact.  Victims should only send one warning and then, never communicate with the stalker again.  Never agree to meet with a perpetrator to resolve the issue.
  • Victims should save copies of this communication in both electronic and hard copy form. If the harassment continues, you may wish to file a complaint with the stalker’s Internet service provider, as well as with your own service provider. Many Internet service providers offer tools that filter or block communications from specific individuals.
  • Victims should save copies of police reports and record all contact with law enforcement officials and the prosecutor’s office. Victims can also contact online directory listings such, and to request removal from their directory.


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