Safety Planning

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

“Safety planning” refers to making a personal plan to try to stay safe while in an abusive relationship, or when planning to leave, or after leaving that relationship. 

Each person’s safety plan is unique. A safety plan might involve:

  • Getting things ready to be able to leave quickly, such as making a “go bag.”
  • Having “safe words” to alert other people when you are in danger or to tell them to go somewhere safe.
  • Asking friends and family for help.
  • Hiring a lawyer.
  • And more.

For more information on safety planning, please visit The Hotline.

To speak to someone in person about safety planning, please contact Safe House Denver.

Internet safety

Victims may want to search information on the Internet while making a safety plan. Sometimes abusers track where victims go on the Internet. To browse privately:

  • Chrome: under Menu, click New Incognito Window
  • Firefox: under Menu, click New Private Window
  • Internet Explorer: under Safety Menu, click InPrivate Browsing
  • Safari: under File, click New Private Window

To stop someone from seeing where you have been on the Internet, victims can clear their browsing history:

  • Chrome: under Menu, click History and recent tabs > History > Clear browsing data
  • Firefox: open a new tab and click the gear icon, click Clear browsing history
  • Internet Explorer: under Tools, click Safety > Delete browsing history
  • Safari: under the Safari menu, click Clear History and Website Data

For more information on Internet and technology safety:
http://nnedv.org/resources/safetynetdocs.html