WHY DO I NEED A SAFETY PLAN?
Everyone deserves a relationship that is 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 fault. It is also important for you to start thinking of ways to keep yourself safe from the abuse, whether you decide to end the relationship or not. While you can’t control your partner’s abusive behaviour, you can take action to keep yourself as safe as possible.
WHAT IS A SAFETY PLAN?
A safety plan is a really helpful way of working out what you could do to improve your safety, who you might contact when you need some help and what services are around. You can make one that is suited to your life and your community.
HOW DO I MAKE A SAFETY PLAN?
Here is one we prepared earlier Safety Plan – Handout (you just have to fill in the gaps!) You might prefer to go through it by yourself but it could also be helpful to sit down with a friend or someone in your family.
WHEN DO I NEED A SAFETY PLAN?
If you’re in a relationship where your partner is controlling or using power over you, you may want to have a safety plan prepared – even if it’s just something you’ve thought through in your head. No one knows what is around the corner and there ‘aint’ nothing wrong with being prepared! If nothing else, it will help you recognise some areas in your life that you need to build support but it will also remind you of all the incredible and supportive people and services you have in your life already.