Safety Planning for Teens

Safety Planning for Teens

You should think ahead about ways to be safe if you are in a dangerous or potentially dangerous relationship. Here are some things to consider in designing your own safety plan.

  • What adults can you tell about the violence and abuse?
  • What people at school can you tell in order to be safe–teachers, principal, counselors, security?
  • Consider changing your school locker or lock.
  • Consider changing your route to/from school.
  • Use a buddy system for going to school, classes and after school activities.
  • What friends can you tell to help you remain safe?
  • If stranded, who could you call for a ride home?
  • Keep a journal describing the abuse.
  • Get rid of any cell phones the abuser gave you.
  • Consider changing any cell phone number, email address, etc. that the abuser knows so that the abuser can no longer contact you.
  • Keep spare change, calling cards, number of the local shelter, number of someone who could help you and restraining order with you at all times.
  • Where could you go quickly to get away from an abusive person?
  • What other things can you do?