A GUIDE TO
WHY DO I NEED A SAFETY PLAN?
Everyone deserves relationships that are healthy, safe and supportive. If you are
in a relationship that is hurting you, it is important for you to know that the abuse
is not your fa ult. It is also important for yo u to start thinking o f w ays to keep
yourself safe from the abuse, whether you decide to end the relationship or not.
While you can’t control the other person’s abusive behavior, you can take
action to keep yourself as safe as possi ble.
WHAT IS A S AFETY PLAN?
A safety pl an is a practical guide that helps l ower your risk of being hurt by your
abuser. It includes information specific to yo u and your life tha t will help keep
you safe. A good safety plan helps you think through lifestyle changes that wi ll
hel p keep you as safe as possible on campus, at work, at home and other
place s that you go on a daily basis.
HOW DO I M AKE A SAFETY PLAN?
Take some time for yourself to go through each section of this safety pl an. You
can complete this on your own, or you can work through it with someone else
that yo u trust.
KEEP IN MIND:
• In order for this safety pl an to work for you, you’ll need to fill in personalized
answers, so you can use the information when you most need it.
• Once you complete your safety plan, be sure to keep it in an accessible but
secure location. You might also consider giving a copy of your safety plan to
so meone t hat you t rust .
• Getting support from someone who has experience working those in abusive
relationships can be very useful.
VIP Center sta ff are also available to work th rough thi s safety plan with
you, answer quest ions and help find addi tional resources you may need.
Adapted from NCDSV.org, U K Vi ol ence Interventi on and Prevention Center, Rev. 9.19.11