Circle of Hope

24-Hour Local Hotline
706-776-4673 (HOPE)

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Developing a Safety Plan

When a victim is able to leave the battering environment, it is essential that a safety plan be in place to increase her opportunity for a successful departure. Advanced planning is crucial and should consider her particular situation. Concerns and actions to be addressed should include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

• Does she have family and friends with whom she can safely stay?

• Would she find a protective or restraining order helpful?

• Can an advocate safely contact her at home? What should the advocate do if the abuser answers the phone? 

• Does she know how to safely contact the shelter? (If she does not, provide her with information for future use.)

• Does she have a neighbor she can contact, or work out a signal for assistance, when violence erupts or appears inevitable?

• If she has a car, can she safely hide a set of keys?

• Can she pack an extra set of clothes for herself and any children, and store them--along with an extra set of house and car keys--with a neighbor, friend or another safe place?

• Can she leave extra cash, checkbook or savings account book hidden safely for emergency access?

• Can she collect and safely store originals or copies of important records such as birth certificates, social security cards, her driver's license, financial records (such as banking and other financial accounts, mortgage or rent receipts, the title to the car, etc.) and medical records (for her children and herself)?

• Does she have a concrete plan for exactly where she should go and how she can get there safely, at any time regardless of when she leaves?

• Does she have a disability that requires assistance or a specialized safety plan?

• Does she want access to counseling for her children or herself?

• EVERY CONTACT WITH A BATTERED WOMAN (whether she is still in, about to leave, or already out of an abusive situation) SHOULD INCLUDE A SAFETY PLAN TAILORED TO HER PARTICULAR SITUATION AND A PLAN FOR CONTINUAL REVISION.

A fill in the blank printable Safety Plan can be found here PDF

 

Contact Details

Circle of Hope
PO Box 833
Cornelia,
GA 30531
706-776-3406
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506 Monroe Street
706-754-7668
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 - 3:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00

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142 Lee Street
706-776-1404
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