Youth Safety Plan

YOUTH SAFETY PLAN

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The following steps represent my plan for increasing my safety and preparing in advance for the possibility for further violence. Although I do not have control over my partner’s violence, I do have a choice about how to respond and how to best get myself to safety.

Name:

Date:

To increase my safety, I can do (some or any of) the following:

1. When I have to talk to my abusive partner in person, I can:

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2. When I talk to my abusive partner on the phone, I can:

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4. When I feel a fight coming on, I will try to move to a place that is lowest risk for getting hurt, such as: (at school) (at home) (in public).

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5. If I have ended the relationship, I can tell the following people and ask them to call the police if they see my abusive partner bothering me.

Teacher: _________________________________

Friend:   _________________________________

Relative: __________________________________

I will decide for myself if and when I will tell others that I have been abused, or that I am still at risk. Friends, family, co-workers, and school personnel can help protect me, if they know what is happening, and how they can help.

1. I can tell my teacher, co-workers, boss, or a friend about my situation. I feel safe telling:

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2. I can ask _______________ or ______________ to help screen my phone calls at home or work.

4. When walking, riding or driving home, if problems occur, I can:

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5. If I use the school bus or public transportation, I can:

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7. I can also:

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For Myself

1. If I feel down, I can talk to sources of support, like friends, neighbours, a teacher, or crisis line. The people and numbers I can call include:

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2. I can attend a support group for youth that have been abused. Support groups are held:

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3. Other things I can do to make myself feel better:

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Safety During An Argument 

1. If we have an argument on a date and I feel unsafe, I will (Who could you call to get a safe ride home?) (What would you do if left in an isolated area?):

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2. If we have an argument at school and I feel unsafe, I will (Who could help you?) (Where could you be safe at school?) (What teacher/counsellor/friends do you trust?): ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Safety in My Home

1. I will _____________________________ if he comes over and I’m alone and feeling unsafe.

(Who can you call to come over?) (Who can you call if you need help?)

2. I will _____________________________ if we get in an argument and I feel unsafe. (What exits are there in your house?)

(Where are all the phones that you can use to call the police?)

3. When he calls and I feel threatened I will:

(Can you screen your calls with an answering machine?)

(Change your phone number?)

4. If I don feel safe at home, I can go to __________________ house or ______________.

(Friends/family members houses you feel safe at and could stay over night if necessary)

You can download Personalized Safety Plan  here.

 If you could do something to end violence against girls and women, wouldn’t you?

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