Domestic Violence Awareness at The University of Michigan
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Safety Planning

There are many obstacles to achieving safety or to ending a relationship with a violent partner, and the choices you confront are not risk-free.

Decisions that are beneficial in the long run, such as leaving the batterer or obtaining a protective order, can actually increase immediate danger for you and your children. Safety planning is the process of evaluating the risks and benefits of different options and identifying ways to reduce risks. To develop a safety plan, fill in the blanks below, as you see fit. It is important to consider all of the information for your safety.

Things to consider when you are planning to leave:

Use your judgment:

Know how to get help:

Things to consider when you leave:

Things to consider at work and in public:

Things to consider when you have a Personal Protection Order:

Items to take when you are leaving:

The UM Department of Public Safety is available to consult about safety planning.