If you are in need of immediate assistance, call 911 or GW Emergency Services.
If you have been affected by sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking you might be concerned about ongoing safety.
A safety plan is a personalized action plan for ways to stay safe emotionally and physically when you are dealing with an unsafe relationship. Safety planning involves considering how to:
- cope with emotions
- talk to friends and family about what's happening
- enlist help
- ensure your own basic needs are met
- go about your daily activities in the safest way possible
Get Help Making a Safety Plan
One of the most important things you can do is to talk to someone. You don’t have to face abuse and recovery alone.
Safety Planning Resources
Many local and national organizations offer online tools to help think about safety planning.
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)’s safety planning resources
The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s interactive safety planning guide
Sometimes you might be concerned about who can see your search history or how what you do online is visible to others.
See RAINN’s computer safety instructions for steps to clear your history, make sure your privacy settings are up to date, and to have a safer online presence.