James House

24 Hour Crisis Hotline24/7 Hotline: (804) 458-2840

Safety Planning

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan to help you stay safe while in a relationship, if you’re planning to leave, or after you have left.

James House staff work one-on-one to create safety plans with survivors, their children, and their friends and family. We’re here to for anyone who is concerned about their own safety or the safety of someone else.

While some things in your plan may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that when in a crisis your brain functions differently- it may be difficult for you to think clearly or make logical decisions. Questions involving the safety and comfort of you and those around you can be thought out in advance in order to protect you and your loved ones.

Safety planning is especially important if you are considering leaving because leaving an abuser is the most dangerous time in the relationship. If you are planning to leave it would be beneficial to gather important documents and items ahead of time.

Items you may want to gather before you leave:

  • Medicine and prescriptions
  • Birth certificates
  • Social security cards
  • School and medical records
  • Bankbooks, credit cards
  • Driver’s license and car registration
  • Welfare identification
  • Passports, immigration paperwork, work permits
  • Insurance papers
  • Divorce papers, custody orders
  • Address book

James House can help you create and implement your own safety plan. For help call our 24 hour crisis hotline at 804-458-2840.

For more information about safety planning, check out these resources:

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