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: