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 JFCS at (856) 424-1333 and ask to speak to “SARAH,” the code word to let our receptionist know that an individual is looking for confidential domestic violence supportive services.

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 during normal business hours and ask for “SARAH.” 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