When people are in violent and/or abusive relationships, it may seem impossible to leave. Besides fearing for their own safety, people often fear for their kids, loved ones, pets, etc. For some people, developing a safety plan can be helpful. A safety plan can help someone consider strategies and plans for staying safe.
Comprehensive safety plans include considerations for violent incidents, preparing to leave an abuser, safety in a variety of locations (home, public, work, school, etc.), what to take with you, important contact information, etc. Thinking through some of the “what ifs” and doing some preliminary problem solving can often help people think of resources that are available for support and make steps toward leaving as safely as possible.
Sample safety plans can be found at:
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Domestic Violence Resource Center of Washington County
- Love is Respect.org – Specific plan for teens
If you, or someone you know, needs support dealing with intimate partner violence, help can be found at:
- Domestic Violence Resource Center of Washington County (offers services statewide) 24 Hour Crisis Line – 503-469-8620
- National Domestic Violence Helpline – 1-800-799-7233