What is a safety plan?

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan to improve your safety while experiencing abuse, preparing to leave an abusive situation, or after you leave an abusive relationship. This plan includes vital information tailored to your unique situation and will help you prepare for and respond to different scenarios, including telling your friends and family about your situation, coping with emotions, and identifying various resources suited to your individual circumstances.

Some of the preparations for a safety plan might seem obvious, but it can be hard to think clearly during moments of crisis. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you protect yourself in high-stress situations.

Creating a safety plan can be an emotional, difficult process. We highly recommend working with a counselor, Title IX Coordinator, or advocate to create your safety plan.