Why Do I Need a Safety Plan?
If you are in a relationship that is unhealthy, it is important for you to know that the abuse is not your fault. It is also important for you to start thinking about ways to keep yourself safe, whether or not you decide to stay in that relationship. You cannot control your partner’s abusive behavior, but you can take specific action to keep yourself safe.
A safety plan is a guide that helps you lower your risk of being hurt by your abuser. The information is specific to you and your life and can help you think through lifestyle changes.
How do I create a plan?
A couple of issues to consider:
- Your safety plan needs to be personalized to you for it to work.
- Consider sharing your safety plan with someone close to you.
There are two helpful guides to help you get started:
In general, think about:
- Safe ways to get to class and safe places to go on Grounds
- Places you may run into your abuser and ways to avoid them
- Friends you can trust to support you and to accompany you when you need to be in places where you may see your abuser.
More high-quality information and tools related to safety planning are available from SPARCC's website. If you need help or want feedback, feel free to contact the SHE hotline, a counselor at the Women's Center or elsewhere, or the Women’s Center’s confidential advocate.