We know that living with abuse is painful and often frightening. Whether you decide to stay or leave an abusive situation, it is important to consider ways to increase your safety.
While you may not have control over your abuser, there are things you can do to turn fear into safety, helplessness into strength, and isolation into hope. We are here to help you.
A safety plan may help you consider ways to protect yourself, your children, or family members from abuse. Take time to develop your plan. Remember, your physical safety is the first priority. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911 or leave immediately.
Think now about how you will leave, where you will go, what you will bring, and who you can reach out to for help. Being prepared can help you leave quickly and safely. Even if you are not ready to leave now, make a safety plan and understand the ways of protecting yourself and your children.
Be ready to leave at a moment's notice.
During an explosive incident, try to stay in a room or area with an exit. Know how to escape from that room. Avoid getting trapped in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, basements.
Try to stay out of rooms where there are sharp utensils or objects, and other things that can be used as weapons.
What to bring with you
Remember your safety comes first. You are valuable, cared for, and you deserved to be loved.