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Safety Notice

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the Domestic Violence Intervention Hotline.


Safety Planning

Safety planning for someone involved in an abusive relationship is a necessary and important step. Planning can be used while you are still with your abuser or after the relationship has ended. While still in an abusive relationship, your safety is of primary importance.

Safety Plan Guidelines

These safety suggestions have been compiled from safety plans distributed by state domestic violence coalitions from around the country. Following these suggestions is not a guarantee of safety, but could help to improve your safety situation.


Personal Safety with an Abuser


Getting Ready to Leave


General Guidelines for Leaving an Abusive Relationship


After Leaving the Abusive Relationship

If you are granted a Protection From Abuse order (PFA) and the offender is leaving:

If you leave:

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