Safety Planning: Preparation is important to improve safety for victims and their families

Preparation
  • Put some money aside in a safe place.
  • Pack a few clothes and essentials such as medicines, documents and phone numbers.
  • Get spare keys for the house and cars.
  • If possible, tell the neighbors to call the police if they overhear or see signs of violence.
  • Call the Safe Home to find out what help is available.
In an Emergency
  • Stay away from the kitchen (knives, forks, ice picks, etc. Can be used as weapons.)
  • Stay away from rooms with no windows or doorways that can be easily blocked.
  • If possible, get out of the house and try to call 911. Automatically say your name and location before reporting the type of emergency you are reporting on.
  • Develope a code word with friends, neighbors, and relatives to use in case of emergency.
  • Teach children to stay out of the violence, even if they want to help. Teach them to call 911 and give a name, address, and phone numbers.
  • If Law Enforcement comes, tell him/her exactly what happened.
  • Talk to someone you trust. Tell them what is happening.
  • Build a support system of people that can help you.