Safety Planning Guide
WHY DO I NEED A SAFETY PLAN?
Everyone deserves a relationship that is healthy, safe and supportive. If you are in a
relationship that is hurting you, it is important for you to know that the abuse is not your
fault. It is also important for you to start thinking of ways to keep yourself safe from the
abuse, whether you decide to end the relationship or not. While you can’t control your
partner’s abusive behavior, you can take action to keep yourself as safe as possible.
WHAT IS A SAFETY PLAN?
A safety plan is a practical guide that helps lower your risk of being hurt by your
abuser. It includes information specific to you and your life that will help keep you safe.
A good safety plan helps you think through lifestyle changes that will help keep you as
safe as possible at school, at home and other places that you go on a daily basis.
HOW DO I MAKE A SAFETY PLAN?
Take some time for yourself to go through each section of this safety planning
workbook. You can complete the workbook on your own, or you can work through it
with a friend or an adult you trust.