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Create a Safety Plan

While you cannot control the abuser's violence, you can control how you respond to it. Whether you decide to stay in the relationship, call the police or get a restraining order, a safety plan is an effective tool to increase your safety and protect yourself from future harm. A safety plan should be practical and specific. It can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you are in danger.

What should I do if I am still in the relationship?

If you cannot safely leave the abusive relationship, or are just not ready to leave, you should still think about what to do to keep yourself safe.

What should I do if the relationship is over or I am leaving?

If you decide to leave the relationship, there are many things you can do to keep yourself safe. Look at all the safety planning suggestions for people staying in the relationship. They are just as important to do if you are leaving. Also, think about these other ways to keep yourself safe.

What should I take with me if I have to leave home quickly?

You might need to leave the house quickly at some point. It helps to think ahead about whether you should take any of these things with you: