If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or is in an abusive relationship safety planning can be an important step in the process to staying or getting safe. A safety plan is a list of strategies or plans to help yourself stay safe while in an abusive or unsafe situation, when you are ready to leave and after you have left.
While every situation is unique below are some things to think about including in your safety plan.
- Locating and being aware of exits or escape routes. This includes staying out of bathrooms, which typically have no other safe exit, when in a dangerous situation.
- Planning for a safe place to go in the event that things become unsafe. This could be a friend or family member’s house, a hotel, or a shelter.
- Keeping important documents (i.e. birth certificates, social security cards, passport, license) in an easily accessible space. In some cases the best place may be with a trusted person outside of the home.
- Establish a code word that you could say to trusted people that would let them know that you’re feeling unsafe and may be in danger. Plan with them what you would like them to do if you say this word to them.
- Carry a whistle or noise maker with you.
- File a restraining order.
- Utilize your local crisis center. The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire is here to help you create a safety plan that is specific to your situation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and discuss ways to keep yourself safe.
The Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire is dedicated to providing services to all victims of domestic and sexual violence, including military families. If you are a part of the military community and have been victimized, the Crisis Center provides services in conjunction with, but independent of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP). Our agency maintains your confidentiality and does not report to the military unless you request our assistance in making a report to them.