What is Safety Planning?
Safety planning is the process of putting together a personalized plan of action for any potential dangerous situation. In this plan you will need to think ahead so that you will know how to best react in the instance that you are in danger.
At Kiran we want you to feel empowered and know there are certain precautions you can take to protect yourself. Although every safety plan will differ, here are some general steps to follow:
PACK A BAG: Keep a bag packed and hidden in a safe place or with a trusted friend/family member in case you need to leave in a hurry. Be sure to include the following items:
- Legal Documents (marriage license, driver's license, birth certificates, social security card, work permit, green card, passport, VISA, divorce/custody papers, restraining order, etc.)
- Records (medical records, insurance information, lease, rental agreement, house deed, school records, police records and/or other records of violence)
- Personal Items (emergency cash, checkbook, keys, medications, glasses, hearing aids, insurance card, clothing, jewelry, mobile phone, important phone numbers)
Record the Abuse: Whether or not you have made the decision to leave your relationship, it is extremely important that you document all incidents of abuse.
- Make reports to the police, your social worker, and your medical provider so there is legal record of your abuse
- To document physical abuse, take pictures of any bruises or cuts inflicted upon you or your children
- To document any kind of abuse (financial, emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, mental), keep your own record by emailing details of each incident to yourself or to a trusted friend or family member. Be very specific and include dates. If you decide to send emails of these incidents to yourself, create a new account and remember to use a safe computer.
- Safely contact us on our 24-hour confidential crisis line at 1-877-NC-KIRAN (1-877-625-4726) to speak to an advocate
- Create safe places for yourself inside your home in case a crisis situation escalates
- Familiarize yourself with area police stations and hospitals
- Plan and practice an escape route from the home