creatingasafetyplan

STAY SAFE!

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you’re afraid your internet/computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer public-access computer such as in a library, or call us at 856-424-1333 and ask to speak to “Sarah”.

While every safety plan is individualized, some common key elements of a safety plan include:

  • A trusted confidant – friend, family member, clergy, therapist, or another abuse survivor – who will believe a victim’s story and listen without passing judgment.
  • Areas in the house to avoid should the abuser become physically violent.
  • An escape route – planned and practiced (a good way to leave is to follow everyday routines that include leaving the house, and then proceed to a designated safe place), and a safe place to stay such as a battered women’s shelter or a safe house for abused women.
  • A code word to use with children, friends, and/or neighbors when the victim needs the police.
  • Copies of important documents – such as banking information, insurance policies, birth certificates, passports or immigration papers, medical records and prescriptions, and school records – hidden in a safe and accessible place.
  • Other essentials stashed away in a safe and accessible place – such as clothing, a spare set of house and car keys, a pre-paid cell phone, and important phone numbers.
  • Money set aside that can be accessed quickly in an emergency.
  • Copies of a protective order.
  • Copies of other court documents regarding custody and visitation.
  • A safety plan for your pet.

Family members, friends, and co-workers of domestic violence victims who feel they may be in danger should develop safety plans. For help with creating a plan, please call 856-424-1333
and ask for Sarah during normal business hours.
All calls are strictly confidential.

If you need a 24 hour crisis line, please call:

Camden County – 856-227-1234

Burlington County – 856-234-8888
Toll Free – 800-246-8910

Gloucester County – 856-881-3335

National Domestic Violence Hotline – 800-799-7233