Making the decision to leave a domestic violence environment or situation is not easy. Most women who are in a domestic violence or domestic abuse environment have thought about that moment, but most have not created or thought of the real plan.
A safety plan is something you think about, create, and use to help you lower your risk of being hurt when it is time to leave. When you have thought through what to do before you are ready to use it, it makes the going just a bit easier.
During a time of violence I will avoid or move from rooms considered HIGH RISK.
HIGH RISK ROOMS include bathrooms, garages, kitchens & those without access to an outside door
I will do my best to remain calm and try and calm him / her down.
I can place the Family Haven Shelter Crisis line phone number 770-887-1121 in my phone contacts under the name of a friend.
I can teach my children how to contact 911 or the Crisis line 770-887-1121
I can tell a neighbor to call 911 if they hear yelling or screaming.
I can teach the children to go to (select neighbor) when a situation is happening.
I can leave money and an extra set of keys in (select place) or with (define person) so I can leave quickly.
I can have a bag ready and hidden in case of a quick exit. I can pack or have copies of:
- Birth certificates of my children and myself
- Social security card(s), insurance card(s)
- Bank account numbers, ATM card
- Welfare ID, work permits, green card(s)
- Drivers license, registration, car insurance
- three days of medication for everyone leaving with you
- Copy of protection order (if you have one)
- A favorite toy or blanket for child(ren)