Abusers are not predictable and every case of domestic violence is different. Planning ahead may help keep you and your children stay safe.
Safety planning is very important. A safety plan should be made with the help of a domestic violence counselor or advocate. A counselor with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence can be reached 24 hours a day at 800-500-1119.
Forming a Safety Plan
Know Where You Can Go
Decide where you can go for help. Tell someone what is happening and have phone numbers of friends, family and a domestic abuse shelter with you at all times.
Make A Getaway Bag
Make a getaway bag in case you need to leave quickly. Your getaway bag should include things for you and your children that you must have or that would be hard to replace, such as:
Address Book and Phone Numbers
Bank Cards and Credit Cards
Changes of Clothes
Copies of Bills
Divorce, Custody, and Injunction Papers
Driver’s License or Other Identification
Medications and Copies of Prescriptions
Passports or Green Cards or Work Permits
Picture of Your Abuser and Your Children
Pictures or Keepsakes
School and Medical Records
Social Security Cards
If you have an injunction for protection or other type of restraining order, carry it with you at all times.
Prepare Your Children
Teach your children how to call 911, how to escape the house during violence, safe places to go such as a neighbor’s or friend’s house, and that it is not their job to protect you.