Developing a Safety Plan

If you or someone you know is living in an abusive relationship, safety for you/them and your/their children is the first concern. Leaving the abusive situation to go to a shelter or another safe location may be the safest and best option for many. However, leaving does not always guarantee safety and may actually increase the danger in some circumstances. Only you/they can decide what option will be the safest for you/them. If you/they, for whatever reason, decide to stay with your/their partner, remember, no one deserves to be abused.

Whether you/they are developing a safety plan to leave an abusive relationship, a plan to increase your/their safety while remaining in the relationship or a plan to maintain your/their safety after you/they have left, a trained advocate can be helpful in assessing risk. Advocates can be helpful in considering all factors involved in safety and identifying resources and options. Contact the Women’s Resource Center at (540) 639-1123 for assistance with safety planning.

Although every situation is unique and there is no single “perfect” safety plan, the following form(s) may help identify other considerations important to safety: