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Safety Plans & Resources

Updated on 7/27/2010 12:22:03 PM

Safety Planning for Teens

If you are in a dangerous or potentially dangerous relationship think ahead about ways to be safe. Here are some things to consider in designing your own safety plan.

  • What adults can you tell about the violence and abuse?
  • What people at school can you tell in order to be safe--teachers, principal, counselors, security?
  • Consider changing your school locker or lock.
  • Consider changing your route to/from school.
  • Use a buddy system for going to school, classes and after school activities.
  • What friends can you tell to help you remain safe?
  • If stranded, who could you call for a ride home?
  • Keep a journal describing the abuse.
  • Get rid of or change the number to any beepers, pagers or cell phones the abuser gave you.
  • Keep spare change, calling cards, number of the local shelter, number of someone who could help you and restraining orders with you at all times.
  • Where could you go quickly to get away from an abusive person?
  • What other things can you do?

(From the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, www.acadv.org)

If you are the victim of relationship abuse, don't blame yourself!...Here are some ways to get help!

  • If you are in immediate danger, contact 9-1-1 for help.
  • Talk with people you trust and seek services.
  • Recognize early warning signs of potential physical violence, like extreme jealousy, controlling behavior, or verbal threats.
  • Know what services are available for people involved in violent relationships in your community.
  • Keep a list of these services on hand in case you or a friend ever needs help.
  • Learn as much as you can about dating abuse. Information is available in libraries, from local and national domestic violence organizations and on the Internet.

Local Alexandria Resources (available 24/7):

  • Alexandria Domestic Violence Program Hotline -  703.838.4911
  • Alexandria Sexual Assault and Response Program Hotline – 703.683.7273

National Resources:

  • National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – 1.866.331.9474 – 1.866.331.8453 TTY
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline  - 800.799.SAFE (7233), 800.787.3224 TDD
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

Website Links:

If you are or think you may become violent with the person you are dating, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.SAFE (7233), 800.787.3224 (TDD), www.ndvh.org or the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673).

The more you know about dating abuse, the easier it will be to recognize it and help yourself or friends who may be victims or abusers.