Safety is a priority, whether you are in an abusive relationship, when planning to leave the relationship and after you leave. The first step to focus on your safety is to create a safety plan. These plans include personalized information and steps to get you through different situations. Some of these things may seem obvious but when your adrenaline is rushing, a safety plan helps you make sure you are prepared.
If you feel ready to leave an unhealthy relationship, the most important thing to remember is to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. As you prepare to leave the relationship, tell someone what is happening and call us to find out what resources are available to you. Record any incidences of past violence, with details and photos, in a journal and keep it in a safe place. If you have children, remind them that they need to stay safe and not protect you. Find a safe place for them to go to if a situation escalates, like a room with a lock or a trusted neighbor. If you are injured, go to a doctor or hospital and ask them to document your visit.
Make a plan for an escape and let loved ones know the plan. You even have the option of a police escort. If you need to leave in a hurry, we strongly encourage you to grab different forms of identification, important legal papers and emergency numbers. These can include your driver’s license, birth certificates for you and your children, social security cards, money and/or credit cards in your name, protective orders, passports, medical records, medication and more. For a complete list of items to grab, click here.
We can help you put together a personalized safety plan — call us.
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