Your partner can sometimes act up unexpectedly, leaving you with little or no time to plan and act quickly and safely. It is therefore important that you think and plan ahead for your safety, considering various situations that can occur. If children are in the picture, their safety should also be included and they can be taught to participate with some of the aspects of your safety planning.

Safety planning should be considered but not limited to while you are at home, at work or you need to leave suddenly. This safety plan should also include making another set of keys, copies of important documents like birth certificates, some available cash, knowing which rooms in your house are safe, emergency numbers to call as well as phrases to use to inform a trusted friend of a   crisis situation.

  A more comprehensive list to help you with 3 Safety Planning is available for you to personalise and use and can be downloaded here.