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Safety Planning

Creating a personal safety plan for victims can be a first step in providing a feeling of reassurance and security, and help prevent further victimization.

Creating a safety plan involves identifying action steps to increase your safety, and to prepare in advance for the possibility of further violence. VSN staff will work with clients to create a comprehensive safety plan, with special consideration of all the factors specific to your situation.

In creating a safety plan it is important to remember that:

  • You cannot control another person’s violence, but it may be possible to increase your safety and the safety of your children.
  • A safety plan is needed whenever the possibility of abuse is identified.
  • Safety plans are specifically designed to include actions that you can take to increase your safety and the safety of your children.

You should review and/or revise your safety plan regularly. Abusive situations and risk factors can change quickly.

In addition to VSN, the following organizations can help you create a Personal Safety Plan:

Gillian's Place
St. Catharines and Niagara North
Crisis Line: 905-684-8331
Nova House
Niagara Falls
Crisis Line: 905-356-5800
Serenity Place
Crisis Line: 905-788-0113