Youth safety planning tool

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What is a safety plan?

Your safety plan is an adaptable tool to help keep you safe in your ever-changing situation.

It includes information specific to you and your life that will increase your safety at school, work, home, and other places that you go on a daily basis.

Gender-based violence continues as an epidemic. Planning for safety is one way you can take back your power in abusive relationships. Although you can't control an intimate partner's use of violence, planning for safety can help you evaluate, define options and opportunities for liberation and safety.

If you’re in an abusive relationship, the risk of lethal violence increases during or just after you leave an abusive partner, therefore planning for safety is critical. Your personalized safety plan is a practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave.

Safety Alert

The interactive guide to safety planning requires you to enter information into an online form.

Be sure that the computer you are using is in a safe location and is not being monitored by your partner. Click or tap "EXIT THIS SITE" to quickly leave this page.

You can learn more about how an abusive partner can monitor your computer as well as tips to keep you safe online here. If you need to hide this page quickly, click the ESC key on your keyboard or tap the "Exit This Site" link in the top right-hand corner of this page.

How do I use this tool to make a safety plan?

Take some time to go through each section of this safety planning tool. You will be asked a series of questions to help you identify your safety options. You can use this tool on your own, or you can use it with a friend, someone you trust, or call our crisis and intake line 1-855-687-1867.

At the end of the process, you will have a printable version of your personalized safety plan that you can reference whenever you need it. You can read it online, print it immediately, or have a PDF sent to your email. The PDF will be active for 24 hours; after that, your information will be deleted from the website.

Keep in mind

For this safety plan to work for you, the information you fill in must be honest and accurate.

Once you complete your safety plan, be sure to keep it in an accessible but secure location. You will also have an opportunity to email a copy of your safety plan to someone that you trust.

If you don't feel safe keeping a copy of your safety plan or sharing it with anyone, then you can still use the safety tips. Try to memorize at least one phone number of someone you can call any time.

You can also download a PDF version of this tool to save, print, or review offline here.

You know your situation better than anyone else; trust your judgment and weigh your options before taking any steps.