How to Get Help

Safety Planning

We are here to help you leave abusive situations. If you are experiencing some form of abuse and are ready to take action to protect yourself, please contact us now. We can help you create a plan to get to safety. We are available 24/7 and speak over 50 languages.

How to Get Help

Safety Planning

We are here to help you leave abusive situations. If you are experiencing some form of abuse and are ready to take action to protect yourself, please contact us now. We can help you create a plan to get to safety. We are available 24/7 and speak over 50 languages.

ASKING FOR HELP

It's okay to ask for help.

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What creating a safety plan can do for you:

Reduce the chance of you being hurt by your abuser.

Find a safe place to stay away from your abuser.

Help you and your family get safely away from abuser.

Know what to do the next time your abuser hurts you.

You are not alone and do not deserve to be abused. We are here to help you to safety if you are experiencing any form of abuse. Please contact us if you need help leaving your abusive situation.

Creating Your Safety Plan

Here is what to expect when you reach out to us to create your safety plan.

To download our full safety planning brochure, click here.

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Begin to plan.

  • Imagine a worst-case scenario and prepare for that.
  • Decide under which circumstances you will call 911, and what to do if you decide to leave.
  • Park facing outward for a quick exit.
  • Pack bags with belongings, important documents, and keys.
  • Bring an emergency cell phone.
  • Have a safe place to stay when you leave.

Secure your location.

If you have decided to leave, ensure your new location is safe. Turn off the location tracker on your cell phone.

If you decide to stay, change your locks, or add bars to your doors and windows. If possible, add a security system. Make sure areas are well lit. Consider having someone escort you to your car after work. Alert a trusted person (neighbors, boss, security) about your situation and plan on what to do if your abuser shows up.

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Teach safety to children.

If you choose to tell your plans about leaving to your children, then decide what you will do if your children tell your partner of those plans.

Practice calling 911 with your child(ren). Teach them to never get in the middle of a fight, even if they think they are helping. Teach them a code word and rehearse what to do when it is used. Inform your children’s school/daycare of any protective orders.

Utilize community resources and judicial system.

Research the laws in your county surrounding orders of protection. Call the local crisis line for information and to access advocates. Collect and save as much evidence as you can to help file your order.

Make copies of the order and keep a copy in a secure and trusted location the abuser cannot access. If you move, register your order in your new area.

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Practice Self-Care

Identify your needs and seek out community resources, such as support groups, counseling, crisis lines, etc.

Engage in relaxing activities like taking walks, playing games with friends, and finding a quiet place to reflect or read. Most importantly, remember that it is not your fault!

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