Safety Planning Tips for Adults
Physical safety involves protecting your body from being hurt and reducing the likelihood you are in a situation where harm could occur.
- Call 911 if you are in an unsafe situation.
- Decide and plan where you will go if you have to leave home (even if you don’t think you’ll have to).
- Leave if possible. If you can’t leave, move to a room where to have access to an exit and/or phone.
- Stay away from rooms without exits or a room with items that could be used as weapons, such as kitchen, bathroom, and garage.
- Create code word or signal to use to alert a neighbor or friend for help.
- Use your own judgment. If the situation is very dangerous, do what is necessary to keep safe; try to use de-escalation techniques.
- Keep your cell phone charged so you can always make a call.
- Pack a bag with essentials (clothing, shoes, bank cards, identification) in case you need to leave somewhere quickly.
We are constantly surrounded by technology, with easy access to the internet via phones, tablets, video game consoles, and computers. At Prevail, we know that there are tremendously beneficial aspects to this connection to information, but this also comes with some challenges.
- Protect your email, voicemail, online accounts, and other passwords and PIN numbers; change them often.
- Be careful using cell phones. Your bill can reveal who you’ve called & your settings can be used to track and monitor you.
- Ensure your privacy settings on all social media websites are set to the highest level, restricting the amount of information available to be found.
- Reduce the amount of personal information you share online, especially with strangers and acquaintances.
- Just because you delete something off your computer, does not mean it disappears. Posts, pictures, and messages can live forever online.
- Be cautious using apps like Snapchat. Things can be saved by the receiver of those messages and they never truly go away.
- Place computers in shared spaces, like family rooms or kitchens, to increase supervision. Create house rules that tablets, game systems, and cell phones are used in shared spaces and are turned off and placed outside of bedrooms at night.
At Prevail, we refer to emotional safety as protecting our thoughts and feelings from being hurt by others.
- Identify a positive influence in your life that can be a support person for you.
- Get involved in activities that bring you joy, like a hobby, sport, or club.
- Feel confident in what you think and feel. Everyone’s feelings and thoughts are different.
- Understand that all of your feelings are okay. It is what you do with them that counts.
- Stand strong in your beliefs. If someone does not support you, you do not have to continue to talk to them.
- Learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as red flags and inequality in relationships. Understanding this information will help you understand what to look for when getting to know a new person.
No one has a right to hurt you or put you in fear. If you have or are currently experiencing any threats to your safety, an advocate can help you. Assistance is just a phone call away.