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We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner - often as a result of feeling humiliated or shamed.
Partners may be dating, married, separated, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, living together or not living together. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate shame, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
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What Is Safety Planning? A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. Safety planning involves how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse, take legal action and more.
At VWS we safety plan with victims, friends and family members — anyone who is concerned about their own safety or the safety of someone they care about.
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A good safety plan will have all of the vital information you need, be tailored to your unique situation and will help walk you through different scenarios.
Safety While Living with an Abusive Partner
Safety Planning with Children
Safety Planning During Pregnancy
Emotional Safety Planning
Preparing to Leave
When You Leave
After You Leave
Although some of the things that you outline in your safety plan may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that in moments of crisis your brain doesn’t function the same way as when you are calm. When adrenaline is pumping through your veins it can be hard to think clearly or make logical decisions about your safety. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you to protect yourself in those stressful moments.