Safety Plan


If you are still in an abusive relationship:

  • Think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs – avoid rooms with no exits (bathroom), or rooms with weapons (kitchen).

  • Think about and make a list of safe people to contact.

  • Keep change with you at all times.

  • Memorize all important numbers.

  • Establish a “code word” or “sign” so that family, friends, teachers or co-workers know when to call for help.

  • Think about what you will say to your partner if he\she becomes violent.


Remember, you have the right to live without fear and violence.


If you have left the relationship:

  • Change your phone number.

  • Screen calls.

  • Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or other incidents involving the batterer.

  • Change locks, if the batterer has a key.

  • Avoid staying alone.

  • Plan how to get away if confronted by an abusive partner.

  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.

  • Vary your routine.

  • Notify school and work contacts.

  • Call a shelter for battered women.


If you leave the relationship or are thinking of leaving, you should take important papers and documents with you to enable you to apply for benefits or take legal action.
Important papers you should take include social security cards and birth certificates for you and your children, your marriage license, leases or deeds in your name or both yours and your partner’s names, your checkbook, your charge cards, bank statements and charge account statements, insurance policies, proof of income for you and your spouse (pay stubs or W-2’s), and any documentation of past incidents of abuse (photos, police reports, medical records, etc.)

Tips to Stay Safe

• Teach your children to call 911

in case of an emergency.


• Tell family and/or friends about the abuse. The shame belongs to your abuser...not to you.


• Keep important documents (such
as birth certificates, social security
cards, green cards, financial records)
along with extra sets of house and car keys hidden and available to you in  
case of an emergency exit.


• Trust your instincts, if you feel you
are in danger you probably are. Try to
get to a safe place immediately.
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The Haven

P.O. Box 5382

Valdosta, Georgia 31603