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Safety Planning

If you are in an abusive relationship, it is important to develop a safety plan. A Turningpoint advocate is available to help you develop a plan that is appropriate for your situation.

Call our 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-345-5104 to talk with an advocate or to schedule an in-person appointment. 

​24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-800-345-5104
Local: 715-425-6751
TEXT Hotline: 715-821-8626

Here for some considerations when developing your personal safety plan.


If you are ready to leave an abusive relationship; first, plan for your safety:

Pack a bag of important items to bring with you, including:

  • Birth certificates for you and your children
  • Social Security cards for you and your children
  • Driver’s license and other forms of ID
  • Health insurance cards and medications
  • Checkbooks, credit cards, financial documents, and cash
  • Car keys and house/apartment keys
  • Deed or lease to your house or apartment
  • Any legal documents, including restraining orders, custody orders, immigration papers, etc
  • Photos or mementos
  • Children’s favorite toys

If you choose to stay:

  • Pack a bag with important things you’d need if you had to leave quickly; put it in a safe place or give it to a friend or relative you trust
  • Keep a cell phone with you at all times (Turningpoint can provide emergency cell phones)
  • Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children
  • Ask your neighbors to call the police if they notice anything strange; make a signal for them to call the police, such as if a particular light is on or shade is pulled down
  • Document injuries and save emails, phone calls, and text messages
  • Open a bank account or credit card in your own name or have money stored in a secret place.  Make sure your accounts have passwords that your abuser can’t guess
  • Understand that domestic violence tends to get worse over time and usually requires intervention for an abuser to change his or her behavior

Safety Planning with Children

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