Safety Planning Tips

If you have safety concerns regarding a friend or loved one who may be in a potentially harmful situation we strongly encourage you to help them devise a "safety plan." A safety plan is practical guide that includes information specific to the victim and his/her life that can help lower the risk of being harmed.

This plan is devised from the Love is Respect website.

What is a Safety Plan?

A safety plan is a set of actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner. It includes information specific to you and your life that will increase your safety at school, home, and other places that you go on a daily basis.

How do I make a Safety Plan?

  • For a college students guide to safety planning, click here
  • Take some time to go through each section of this safety planning tool. You will be asked a series of questions to help you identify your safety options. You can use this tool on your own, or you can use it with a friend or an adult you trust. .
  • At the end of the process, you will have a printable version of your personalized safety plan that you can reference whenever you need it. You can read it online, print it immediately, or have a link sent to your email. The link will be active for 24 hours; after that, your information will be deleted from the website.
  • You will also be given a pocket-sized emergency contact card that you can fill out with phone numbers and keep with you at all times so you always know how to contact the most important people.

Keep in Mind:
  • For this safety plan to work for you, the information you fill in must be honest and accurate.
  • Once you complete your safety plan, be sure to keep it in an accessible but secure location. You should also consider giving a copy of your safety plan to someone that you trust.
  • If you don't feel safe keeping the printed safety plan or emergency contact card with you, then you can still use the safety tips. Try to memorize at least one phone number of someone you can call any time.
  • You know your situation better than anyone else; trust your judgment and weigh your options before taking any steps.

For more information and a safety planning quiz specialized to you, click here.


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Last Updated: 7/10/14