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Safety Planning

Safety Planning

Strategies to Protect You and Your Children

Preparing to leave an abusive relationship is often the most dangerous time for a survivor and their family. In order to leave safely, it is crucial for survivors to create a detailed plan for every stage of the transition. See below the printable basic guidelines for safety planning in a domestic violence situation.

Barriers to Leaving

Many people do not understand why a survivor stays in an abusive relationship and might ask, “Why don’t you just leave?” Leaving is often dangerous, and factors such as homelessness, housing, child custody, finances, medical needs, and threats of more violence complicate the process. Above all, the emotional toll it takes on a survivor cannot be overstated. Circle is here to help develop a safety plan.

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