A TEEN’S GUIDE TO SAFETY PLANNING
*adapted from Love is Respect.
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.
Keep in Mind:
In order for this safety plan to work for you, you’ll need to fill in personalized answers, so you can use the information when you most need it. Once you complete your safety plan, be sure to keep it in an accessible but secure location. You might also consider giving a copy of your safety plan to someone that you trust. Getting support from someone who has experience working with teens in abusive relationships can be very useful — if you need Verity support, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (707) 545-7270!