Survivors, Inc. Gettysburg, PA - Safety Planning
Be prepared by having or knowing…
A safe place to go – like the home of a friend or relative
Ways to get out – of the house or apartment
Important phone numbers – like the police, women’s shelter, counselor, relatives, or friends
A bag – packed with clothes, money or a checkbook, and important papers like restraining orders and birth certificates
Keep the bag in a safe place – such as in the car or with friends
A support group of friends – who would be willing to help you in an emergency (transportation, shelter, money, childcare, etc.)
During an attack
Call 9-1-1 – if possible
Write down officers’ names – and badge numbers in case a record of the attack is needed
Leave the house, take the children
Seek medical help – for injuries. Injuries may be more serious than they seem and having a record can help if you decide to press charges.
Research agencies, programs or shelters – that offer services to battered women
Join a support group
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 – to find out what resources are available in your area.