A safety plan is designed to assist you in preparing a protection and/or escape plan for yourself. It can be adapted to include your children, other dependents and any pets you might have. Your plan will not in itself protect you from the abuser. Always follow your instincts and be prepared to adapt your actions to the situation you face.
It is very important to rehearse your plan regularly and revise it as your circumstances change.
If you require any assistance in completing this plan, contact your local Victim Crisis Assistance & Referral Service (VCARS), your local Women’s Shelter or Timmins and Area Women in Crisis.
CHILD SAFETY PLAN
A SAFETY PLAN TO HELP KIDS STAY SAFE FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
1. DON'T TRY TO GET IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIGHT.
Even though you may want to help, it is not a good idea to get in the middle of a fight when one of your parents is hurting the other. If one of your parents is yelling or hurting the other, the best thing to do is go to another room.
2. IF YOU CAN GET TO A PHONE SAFELY, CALL 911 FOR HELP AND STAY ON THE PHONE.
Find a phone that is away from the fight and tell the 911 helper what is going on in your house. The 911 helper will ask some questions because they are trying to help you and will send the police right away.
3. TRY NOT TO GET TRAPPED IN A SMALL ROOM, CLOSET OR THE KITCHEN.
4. GO TO A SAFE PLACE. FIND A SAFE RELATIVE OR NEIGHBOUR AND ASK FOR HELP.
You may be afraid that you could get hurt too. If you are afraid, move towards a door, window, or room where you can safely exit the house.
It is ok to ask for help. The most important thing is to get in a safe place with an adult you trust. Some people that can help that you can trust are friends, neighbours, teachers, police officers, doctors & nurses, and lawyers & judges.
Every family has trouble getting along every now and then. It is ok for people in a family to get upset with each other. But, it is NEVER ok for people in a family to abuse each other. When grownups in your family hit, slap, kick, push, or throw objects at someone else in your family it is abuse. Abuse can also happen when family members are put down or touched in wrong ways. Families should not have to live with abuse and violence. If your family has trouble like this, you are not alone. Please tell a safe adult about what is going on. It is also a good idea to have a safety plan to help you know what to do next time someone in your family is being hurt.
Remember: It's not your fault!
It's okay to love both of your parents, even if one parent is hurting the other.
But, it's not okay for that parent to hurt you, your other parent, or anyone else.
SAFE PLACES YOU CAN CALL