Domestic Violence Safety Plan

Plan Ahead


  • Develop a plan with your children
  • Arrange to have a place to go
  • Make copies of important papers and put them in a safe place
  • Have important phone numbers available
  • Pack and hide an overnight bag
  • Put aside money and spare keys

During an Incident


  • Call for help (911)
  • Get out if you can
  • Take important items listed above

At Work, School, Public Places


  • Inform your work, daycare and schools
  • Change your daily routine
  • Plan ahead for unexpected contact with the abuser

In Your House


  • Change locks, secure doors and windows
  • Arrange to have someone stay with you
  • Change your phone number and have it unlisted
  • Change PINS and passwords, especially for voicemail and bank accounts
  • Obtain a protection order
  • Notify trusted family and friends

If You Can't Leave


  • Avoid rooms with only one exit
  • Avoid the kitchen, bathroom, garage
  • Call for help (911)