Safety Planning

Safety Plan

Be ready to leave quickly if you need to!

  • Leave a packed bag with a friend or neighbor or in another safe place. Include a change of clothes for you and your kids, toothbrushes, etc. and an extra set of car and house keys.
  • Keep important papers and items such as medicines, ID, birth & marriage certificates, social security cards, extra cash, checkbooks, savings account book, credit cards, and a list of emergency contacts somewhere you can easily grab them.
  • Have an exit strategy.
  • Plan where you’ll go to be safe in an emergency and arrange for a friend or neighbor to help you.
  • Let your neighbors know about your situation and request they call the proper authorities if they hear suspicious noises coming from your house.
  • Establish a code word, phrase, or signal that you can share with your children, family, trusted friends and co-workers, etc. for you to say when in danger so they can help if you are not able to speak freely.
  • Call 911 for the police or sheriff in an emergency.
  • If you’re hurt, go to an emergency room.
  • If you leave without time to gather everything, we can help you rebuild through our services and access to other resources.

Safety with Technology

  • Know that your computer activity can be monitored or checked without your knowledge. It is not possible to delete or clear all of the “footprints" from your computer or online activities. If you are being monitored, it may be dangerous to change your computer behaviors such as suddenly deleting your entire Internet history if that is not your regular habit.
  • If you think you may be monitored on your home computer, be careful how you use your computer since an abuser might become suspicious. You may want to keep using the monitored computer for non-personal activities, like looking up the weather or reading the news. Use a safer computer to research an escape plan, look for new jobs or apartments, bus tickets, or ask for help.
  • Consider opening a free email account that your abuser doesn’t know about. Only check it from public or otherwise safe computers (libraries, schools, a friend's home).
  • If you use have a cell phone, be aware that even calls that are toll-free will likely show up on your phone bill. If you are on a joint plan or access your phone bill online, others may have access to it. Consider making calls to shelters, lawyers, or other confidential services from a payphone or prepaid cell phone.
  • Call your local domestic violence program and ask them about free cell phone programs. Usually these phones will allow you dial 911.

Please call us for additional questions or support at (435) 865-7443.