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Re: What's A Safety (or escape) Plan and Why Would I Need One?
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 07:56:57 PM »
There is another type of Safety Plan worth mentionin g, the personal safety plan. This is a plan that a survivor that is experienc ing flashback s or is not feeling safe creates to keep his or herself safe.

It looks something like this but can be modified to meet your specific needs better.

SO for instance Jane Doe is having a horrible day and has been triggered by something and is having flashback s every few minutes so she gets out her safety plan and reviews it.
1. Find a quiet place to write about the memory.

2. Read a favorite book, listen to quiet music.

3. Call a trusted friend that knows about what you are dealing with.

4. Call your spouse and tell them that you need to talk/you need them to come home (if you need them)

5. If you need to express energy take a walk or a run if you are able.

6. If you are still feeling like you are not safe call your therapist if you have on and tell them you need help.

7. If none of this has helped and you are going to harm yourself call 911.
Hope this helps

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What's A Safety (or escape) Plan and Why Would I Need One?
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 08:18:05 AM »

If you are thinking of leaving an abusive situation, it is recommend ed that you develop a "Safety Plan". By doing so, you (and your children, if any) will be able to leave quickly.

Here is an example of a "Safety Plan". Modify it as necessary if needed.

1. Have money, keys and important papers in a safe place that you can get to in an emergency .

2. Decide (in advance) where you can go and who you can call for support.

3. Document the abuse by:
    a) seeking medical attention
    b) taking photos of injuries
    c) calling law enforceme nt or other emergency services

4. Call any Crisis Hotline or even 911 and they can inform you of organizat ions or connect you with in your area that can offer shelter and/or support.
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