Safety Planning

A safety plan is a personal plan of action that includes practical strategies toward physical and emotional safety and wellness. A safety plan is not a one-time task; it is fluid and may change as risks or circumstances change. For example, a safety plan while living with a person who causes harm may be very different if the circumstance changes because you are planning to leave, or you have left. The process of safety planning considers the immediate and long term concerns for physical and emotional safety for you and your children. 

Safety planning can be a great resource for survivors, as well as for others who may be concerned such as friends, family, or other professionals.

Flashpoints

Flashpoints are situations, events, and/or experiences that may lead to an escalation of abuse and an increase in risk. Be attentive to flashpoints. Survivors are encouraged to participate in safety planning during flashpoints related to the domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, and/or elder abuse they are experiencing.

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Cardinal Point connects adult and child survivors to advocates who are specially trained to help you assess your level of danger, risk of harm ,and the safety planning process.

Common Flashpoints

  • Victim protective order is filed against the person causing harm
  • Victim protective order is served to the person causing harm
  • Person causing harm is released from jail or prison
  • Criminal charges are filed against the person causing harm
  • There is visitation with and/or exchange of child(ren)
  • Person causing harm is reported for child abuse or child welfare initiates involvement with the family
  • Person causing harm is referred to child support services
  • Person causing harm is reported for elder abuse or Adult Protective Services initiates involvement with the family
  • Divorce and custody proceedings are initiated/ongoing, or notice is served to the person causing harm about legal proceedings
  • Survivor seeks services, including legal services or Cardinal Point services
  • Recent instability (i.e., person causing harm becomes unemployed, family loses their home, other changes related to COVID response, etc.)
  • Person causing harm feels they may lose their partner and/or family member because they are actually taking steps to leave or the person causing harm perceives the survivor is trying to leave by obtaining a promotion at work, going back to school, opens a new account, etc.

Adapted from Domestic Violence Manual for Child Welfare Professionals, A Desk Reference Guide Revised March 2018.

 

safety plan with us

Cardinal Point connects adult and child survivors to advocates who are specially trained to help you assess your level of danger, risk of harm ,and the safety planning process.

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