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Identify Safety Options

Start by being prepared. Some safety planning tips.

Safety Plan

Safety can be an ongoing concern for many people affected by violence. Each survivor’s situation is unique, so every safety plan is different. While many causes of violence are beyond a victim’s immediate control, we can collaborate to build a safety plan together.

A safety plan helps manage risk factors, identify resources and options, and brainstorm steps to increase your safety and well-being.

If you need to create or develop a safety plan, we can help. Call our free and confidential hotline at 800-621-HOPE (4673) or you can chat with a client advocate during limited hours. Visit our SafeChat page to learn more.

Creating a Personal Safety Plan

Safety plans contain strategies specific to your safety concerns. As a result, the plans may change as your concerns and situation changes. Here are some questions that can be helpful to consider when developing your safety plan:

  • Are there people in your life or in your community who can offer support?
    • Support can take many forms—walking home with a friend or neighbor can be helpful if you have concerns about someone approaching or harassing you on the street. Talking with a trusted friend or family member can be helpful for emotional support.
    • If you need to talk to someone you can call our hotline any time of day, 800-621-HOPE (4673).
  • Are there ways to avoid areas or locations that make you feel unsafe?
    • Using different routes to go to work, school, or home can be helpful when trying to manage your safety.
    • If alternate routes aren’t available, are there certain times of day that would be safer for you to travel?
  • Where could you go during an emergency?
    • Your safety plan should include a safe place in your neighborhood you could get to quickly during an emergency.
  • Are there phone numbers you need to memorize?
    • In case you do not have access to your phone, memorizing the phone numbers of those who can help you may help in times of need.
    • If you need to talk to someone you can call our hotline any time of day, 800-621-HOPE (4673).
    • You can also call 311 in New York City to get help or call 911 in case of an emergency.
  • Do you have children that need to be a part of your safety plan?
    • Does your child need to know how to call 911 in case of an emergency?
    • Does your child know where to go in case violence happens when they are around, such as a trusted neighbor’s house?
  • Do you need a safety plan for work or school?
    • Your employer may consider changing your work location or hours, or you could alert security or reception staff to your situation.
  • Is your safety plan stored on a computer or smartphone?
    • Your cell phone may have GPS tracking features. Geocoding features can identify your location on your social media posts. You can disable these features.
    • See our tech safety tips here.

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