The Importance of Safety Planning for Survivors of Domestic Violence

by User Not Found | Feb 23, 2023

Having a safety plan in place is critical for anyone experiencing domestic violence. The Family Place’s 24-hour crisis hotline—214-941-1991—provides safety planning services to callers in crisis. Our goal is to ensure that 100% of callers are given a safety plan to help them act quickly to protect themselves from danger.

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that helps individuals anticipate and prepare for dangerous situations. It outlines steps to take if violence occurs, such as identifying safe places to go or people to call for help. Safety plans can also include information about legal resources, counseling, and other support services that can assist survivors in the aftermath of domestic violence.

Having a safety plan in place can mean the difference between life and death for survivors of domestic violence. It provides a sense of control and empowers individuals to take action to protect themselves and their children. Our crisis hotline is just one resource at The Family Place that provides safety planning services and connects survivors to other support services that can help them on their journey to safety and healing.

Safety Planning for Adults

  • Keep your phone charged and with you at all times.
  • Back your car into parking places in case you need to leave quickly.
  • Memorize emergency numbers, such as 911, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233), or The Family Place Hotline (214-941-1991).
  • Identify escape routes in your home and practice using them.
  • Keep important documents, such as identification and financial records, in a safe place or with a trusted friend or family member.
  • Have a “go bag” prepared with essentials, such as clothing, medication, and cash.
  • Make a plan for where you can go and whom you can contact for help, such as a friend, family member, or domestic violence shelter.
  • Share your situation with a trusted friend or family member who can support you and offer a safe place to stay if needed.
  • Consider seeking legal assistance or obtaining a restraining order to protect yourself.

Safety Planning for Kids:

  • Identify a safe place in the home where they can go if they feel scared or unsafe, such as a neighbor’s house or a specific room.
  • Know emergency numbers, such as 911 or a trusted adult’s phone number, and how to use a phone to call for help.
  • Understand that violence is never their fault and that they have the right to be safe.
  • Practice staying calm and quiet during violent incidents.
  • Have a “go bag” prepared with essentials, such as clothing, medication, and comfort items.
  • Talk to a trusted adult about their situation and how they can stay safe, such as a teacher, guidance counselor, or family member.