Are you or someone you know
Where to get help for those experiencing gender-based violence
in Toronto and Canada:
If you are leaving a violent situation or preparing to leave a violent situation:
Tips for reaching out to someone who may be experiencing violence:
If you are in immediate danger,
If someone is in immediate danger,
What is a safety plan?
A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan to improve your safety while experiencing abuse or preparing to leave an abusive situation. Whether you are living in a violent relationship, thinking about leaving a violent relationship, or have already left a violent relationship, there are several ways in which you can increase your safety and that of your children.
Creating a safety plan involves identifying action steps to increase safety and to prepare in advance for the possibility of further violence. Since abusive situations and risk factors can change quickly, it is recommended that you become familiar with and review and/or revise your safety plan regularly.
The safety planning resources below address intimate partner violence, but can be applied to other types of violence, such as family violence, caregiver abuse, human trafficking, etc.
When possible, the best safety plans are those made with trauma counsellors and community healers who work with survivors of gender-based violence.
Be sure to keep your safety plan in a safe location unknown to your partner.