Domestic Violence Safety Plan
If you are in a situation of domestic violence, it may be helpful to create your own safety plan. Making a safety plan enables you to plan ahead and may help you keep a clear mind when violence arises. It's a way to plan on ways to enhance your personal safety increase of violence and in case you decide to leave. Please remember that domestic violence always involves a certain degree of danger and it is important to remain aware of that danger.
• I can keep a bag ready and put it________________________ so I can leave quickly.
• I can tell_____________________________about the violence and have them call the police when violence erupts.
• I will use this code word code______________________________for my children, friends, or family to call for help.
• If I leave my home, I can go (list four places): ___________________________, ____________________________, ________________________, or ____________________________.
• I will leave money and an extra set of keys with ____________________________.
• I will keep important documents and keys ________________________________.
• I will open a savings account by this date_________________________________ to increase my independence.
• The domestic violence Crisis Line is ______________________________.
• I will check with______________________ and ____________________ to know who will let me stay with them or who will lend me money.
• I can leave extra clothes with_______________________________.
• I will review my safety plan every __________________(time frame) in order to plan the safest route.
• I will review the plan with ___________________________ (a friend, counselor or advocate.)
• I will teach my children how to use the phone to make collect calls to me and to _________________________(friend, family, minister) if my partner tried to take them.
• I will tell the people who care for my children who has permission to pick up my children. My partner is NOT allowed to. Inform the following people:
• I can tell the following people that my partner no longer lives with me and that they should call the police if he is near my residence:
Prepare the following documents to bring with you. (If possible, make copies of them and leave them with friends or family you can trust.)
• Birth certificates for me and my children
• Social Security cards
• School and medical records
• Driver’s license and registration
• Welfare identification
• Passport(s), Green Card(s), work permits
• Divorce papers
• Lease/rental agreement, house deed
• Mortgage payment book, current unpaid bills
• Insurance papers
Additional items you may want to bring with you:
• Address book
• Pictures, jewelry, items of sentimental value
• Children’s favorite toys and/or blankets
• Money, bankbooks, credit cards
• Keys – house/car/office
• Change of clothes
What do I do next ?
Wesley Shelter is dedicated to providing the answers and support you need. Call our main crisis line at 252-291-2344 for anonymous help or advice.