Safety Planning

Creating a Safety Plan

Many victims of domestic violence find it helpful to create a safety plan. You can make one yourself or you can call
(907) 452-2293 or 1(800) 478-7273
and ask an advocate to help you develop a safety plan.

If you decide to write out a safety plan, be sure to keep it in a place where your partner can't find it.

Why Make a Safety Plan?

Safety plans can be made for a variety of different situations such as: 
  • Dealing with an emergency such as when a physical assault occurs
  • Continuing to live with a partner who has been abusive
  • Continuing to date a partner who has been abusive
  • Protecting yourself after you have ended a relationship with an abusive partner
Call us for help in making a safety plan or if you have questions about your own safety.

Some things to consider

There are certain things that are helpful to consider in planning for your future safety.

Phone Numbers:

Where can you keep important phone numbers (police, hotline, friends, shelter) for yourself and your children?

Help to call police: 

Is there anyone you can ask to call the police it they hear suspicious noises coming from your house or apartment?

How to get out of your home: 

If you need to get out of your house or apartment in a hurry, what door, window, elevator or stairwell will you be able to use in order to get out safely?

Where to go - IAC Phone Number:

If you need a place to stay for a while, where can you go? Can you arrange to stay with family or friends in a crisis? Do you have the phone number to the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living?

Safe place for purse, keys, money:
Where can you keep your purse, car keys and some change to make a phone call so that you can grab them quickly?

Do children know how to call 911:

Do your children know how to use the telephone to contact the police?

Have a code word:
Is there a code word you can use with friends, family and/or your children to alert them to call for help?

Important papers, money:

Can you keep some money, changes of clothes and important papers (children's immunization papers, birth certificates, social sercurity cards, etc) hidden somewhere your partner doesn't know about, but that you can get to quickly? Can you keep the "escape bag" with a neighbor or in the trunk of the car?

Avoid getting trapped:
If you think you and your partner are about to have an argument, how can you get to a room where there are fewer things that can be used as weapons? How can you avoid getting trapped in the kitchen, bathroom, basement or garage?


Call IAC for more information
There are many things to consider when developing a safety plan. Every plan looks differently and is specific to each individuals safety needs. Call IAC for more information.