The Importance of Safety Planning

The Importance of Safety Planning:
A victim cannot control their abuser and violence, however, they can plan for how they will respond to future incidents and other patterns of abuse. It is always the victims decision on when to include family and friends, however, friends and family can often help with developing safety plans for victims. When you or someone you know are in crisis, it is very difficult to look for assistance, make decisions and take care of yourself. One of the most important things is to know what resources are available and what you need to take.

Here are ideas of what victims need to take: 
Children (if it is safe)
 Keys to car, house, work
 Extra clothes
 Important papers for you and your children
 Birth certificates
 Social security cards
 School and medical records
 Bankbooks, credit cards
 Driver's license

Read more about safety planning here!