Safety Planning for Youth: How Can I Be Safe in My Abusive Relationship?
A safety plan is a set of actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner in an abusive relationship. It includes information specific to you and your life that can increase your safety at school, home, and other places that you go daily.
Why do I need a safety plan?
Everyone deserves a relationship that is healthy, safe, and supportive. If you are in a relationship that is hurting you, it’s important to know that the abuse is not your fault. It is also important for you to start thinking of ways to keep yourself safe from the abuse, whether you decide to end the relationship or not. While you can’t control your partner’s abusive behavior, you can take action to keep yourself as safe as possible.
Sharing your safety plan and any worries you’re having with loved ones and trusted adults can be a good way to let them know how to better support you. Examples of potential trusted adults include teachers, coaches, parents, family friends, and your friends’ parents.
Kiara is a full-time cat lady with a passion for social justice. At HCWC, she is the Primary Prevention Coordinator – facilitating conversations with adolescents and adults on fostering healthier relationships and ways to make the world a safer, more equitable place. Kiara is a proud alum of Texas State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology. Her passions include social change, youth activism, LGBTQ activism, and crafting. She doesn’t like taking pictures, but she does love Bitmojis.