Safety Planning

Be Prepared

  • Have a packed bag ready and keep it at a relative or friends house that you trust. Place money, extra keys, copies of important documents,extra medicines and clothes if you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Have phone numbers of shelters, hotline numbers close at hand.
  • Identify someone in your neighbors that you can tell about the violence, and ask them to call police if they hear a disturbance.
  • Device a code word to get your children, family or friends when you need police.
  • Decide where you would go if you have to leave home.
  • Practice getting out of the house safely through doors, windows, elevator, stairs …
  • Open a checking/savings account and a credit card in your own name.
  • Discuss safety plan with children.
  • Inform your children’s daycare, school on who has permission to pick up kids.

Safety & Emotional Health

  • Use your instincts and judgement
  • ALWAYS REMEMBER = You do not deserve to be hit or threatened
  • Have positive thoughts about yourself and be assertive about your needs
  • Decide who you can talk to openly to give you the support you need
  • Plan to attend a support group to gain support from others, and learn more about yourself and the relationship.
  • Be safe. Have a personal safety plan. We found the personal safety plan by the Texas Council of Family violence to be very helpful.
  • Click here to go to this personal safety plan link.

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