If you are a victim of domestic violence, preparing a safety plan is a big step. This may be the first time you have admitted to yourself you are in an abusive relationship or the first time you have looked for support and information. Don’t let fear and shame keep you silent.
Trying to keep peace in your home and your relationship is exhausting. If your focus is always on not upsetting your abuser, you may find yourself living moment to moment and unable to think about the future. This safety plan will help you to move forward and to be prepared in an emergency.
At the end of this page you will find a downloadable PDF file with additional information and worksheet to help you make informed decisions concerning your future. You can also view the Resources page for phone numbers and websites.
Abusers can be dangerous and unpredictable. This plan cannot guarantee your safety but it can help you to be prepared and offer you some options in case of a violent situation.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
1. You do not deserve to be verbally, emotionally, physically or sexually abused.
2. No matter what your partner may say; you are not too dumb, too fat, too crazy, too much this or not enough of that—to believe in yourself.
3. You are a survivor.