Safety planning for someone involved in an abusive relationship is a necessary and important step. Planning can begin while you're still with your abuser or after the relationship has ended. While still in an abusive relationship, your safety is of primary importance.

Keep these tips in mind when planning to leave an abusive partner:

Before you leave...
Get help to make a plan.
Create a code word.
Document your abuse.
Pack an emergency bag.

Document your abuse by...
Keeping a journal.
Seeing a doctor.
Filing a police report.
Taking photos.

Pack an emergency bag with...
Your checkbook and bank info
Credit cards
Identification for you and your children
Car keys
Court papers

After you leave...
Tell family and friends.
Get an order of protection.
Put 911 on speed dial.
Change your cell phone number.
Change your daily routine.
Avoid being alone.
Find a safe place to stay.

To find out more about creating a safety plan, visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline's website or call 800-799-SAFE.
FROM: A Mother's Nightmare Captured on Tape Part 2: Her Children Speak Out
Published on May 23, 2007


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