What is a Safety Plan?

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in an abusive relationship, planning to leave or after you leave. Safety plans can be continuously updated, even if you return to a partner that is abusive.

Safety planning involves how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse, protect children if involved, take legal action and more. 

A good safety plan will be tailored to your unique situation, have all the vital information you need and help walk you through different scenarios.

It’s important to remember that in moments of crisis, your brain may not function the same way as when you are calm. When adrenaline is pumping through your veins, it can be hard to think clearly or make smart decisions about your safety. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you quickly protect yourself in those stressful moments.

StrongHearts advocates can help develop a safety plan with victims, friends and family members, anyone who is concerned about their own safety or the safety of someone else. 

To explore what your safety plan can look like, speak with a StrongHearts advocate by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. Callers after hours will have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or to call back the next business day.