Safety Planning in an Abusive Relationship

  • Keep important phone numbers (such as your Victim Services contact, shelter contact, attorney, police, etc) and a phone card or charged cellular phone with you at all times.
  • Give some money, an extra set of keys, and copies of your important documents to someone you trust for safekeeping.
  • Find out about legal options to enhance your safety and independence such as protective orders, divorce, custody arrangements, child support, etc.
  • Take steps to increase or establish your independence. For example, open a savings account in your own name, or find out about job opportunities and transportation options.
  • Identify a neighbor you can tell about the violence and ask them to call for help if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.
  • Keep a bag of clothes and essentials (including medications) with someone you trust in case you decide to leave.
  • Practice getting out of your home safely. Identify which doors, windows, or stairs would work best.
  • Determine who would let you stay with them or lend you money if necessary.
  • Refer to Victim Services at (432)263-3312 or for help.
  • Review your safety plan with a domestic violence advocate at (432)263-3312 or
  • If you are assaulted in a domestic disturbance, call the police or 9-1-1 immediately and FILE CHARGES. Ask the officers for an emergency protective order.
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