Safety Plan

Derive a Foolproof Safety Plan

Protect Yourself in Any Situation

If you encounter a violent situation, it's important to have a safety plan in place in order to protect yourself.
Don't risk your life by not having a safety plan in place. The following tips can help you save your life in any violent situation. Contact Atascosa Family Crisis Center Inc today!

Safety During an Explosive Moment

  • If an argument seems unavoidable, try to have it in a room or an area that has access to an exit. Definitely not in a bathroom, kitchen or anywhere near weapons
  • Practice how to get out of your house safely
  • Identify which doors, windows, elevator or stairwell would be best
  • Keep your packed bag ready in an undisclosed but accessible place in order to leave quickly
  • Identify a neighbor you can tell about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home
  • Devise a code word to use with your children, family, friends and neighbors when you need the police
  • Decide and plan a place where you'll go if you have to leave home (even if you don't think you'll need to)
  • Use your own instincts and judgment. If the situation is very dangerous, consider giving the abuser what they want to calm them down. You have the right to protect yourself until you are out of danger
  • Always remember - You don't deserve to be hit or threatened
  • Remember, even if your service is interrupted, calling 911 will reach help. So always keep your phone charged

Safety When Preparing to Leave

  • Open a savings account in your own name. This will help you to increase your financial independence
  • Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents and extra clothes with someone you trust so you can leave quickly
  • Determine who would be able to let you stay with them or lend you some money
  • Keep the shelter phone number close to you. Always keep some change or a calling card with you for emergency phone calls
  • Review your safety plan as often as possible in order to plan the safest way to leave your batterer
Preparing to Leave

Safety in Your Own Home

  • Change the locks on your doors as soon as possible. Buy additional locks and safety devices to secure your windows
  • Discuss a safety plan with your children. Especially when you're not with them
  • Decide and inform your children's school about who'll have the permission to pick up your children
  • Inform your neighbors and landlord that your partner no longer lives with you. They should call the police if they see them near your home

Safety With a Protective Order

  • Keep your protective order with you at all times (When you change your purse that should be the first thing that goes in it.)
  • Call the police if your partner breaks the protective order
  • Always think of alternative ways to keep safe if the police do not respond right away
  • Inform your family, friends and neighbors that you have a protective order in effect

Safety on the Job and in Public

  • Find a trustworthy colleague with whom you can share your situation. This should include your office or building security (provide a picture of your batterer if possible)
  • Arrange to have someone screen your telephone calls if possible
  • Devise a safety plan when you leave your workplace. Have someone escort you to your car, bus or train. Use a variety of routes to go home, if possible. Think about what you would do if something happened while going home (i.e. in your car, on the bus, etc.)

Your Safety and Emotional Health

  • If you're thinking of returning to a potentially abusive situation, discuss an alternative plan with someone you trust
  • If you have to communicate with your partner, determine the safest way to do so
  • Have positive thoughts about yourself and be assertive with others about your needs
  • Read books, articles and poems to help you feel stronger
  • Find a person to talk freely and openly to get the support you need
  • Plan to attend a women's or victim's support group for at least two weeks to gain support from others. This will help you to learn more about yourself and the relationship

For Those in a Violent Dating Relationship

  • Decide which friend, teacher, relative or police officer you can tell
  • Contact an advocate at the Atascosa Family Crisis Center to learn how to obtain a protective order and to make a safety plan
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