Take Back Your Power!

Planning For Safety in Abusive Relationships

Take Back Your Power!

Just as abusers continually shift their tactics of power and control, your safety plan is an adaptable tool to help keep you safe in your ever-changing situation.

Violence against women continues as an epidemic. Planning for safety can be one way women can take back power in abusive relationships. One in three women, in their lifetime, experience abuse including emotional, physical and/or sexual violence in an intimate relationship. The abusive partner is completely responsible for their behaviour and for ceasing the use of violence and abuse.

If you’re in an abusive relationship, planning for safety can help you evaluate, define options and opportunities for liberation and freedom. The risk of lethal violence increases during or just after a woman has left an abusive partner, therefore planning for safety is critical.

Safety is always at the centre of our work at Battered Women’s Support Services.

You may call BWSS Crisis & Intake Line at 604-687-1867 or toll free at 1-855-687-1868 for support and information.

If you are in an abusive relationship, remember that reading or researching online may also present risks, you can learn more about internet safety here.

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 to him/her and how to best get myself and my children to safety.


Personalized Safety Plan

Safety during a violent incident.

Women cannot always avoid violent incidents. In order to increase safety, women may use a variety of strategies.

Download and complete your Personalized Safety Plan here.

You can also view a list of transition house in Canada here or by calling Victim Link 1-800-563-0808.