Episode 5. Safety Plans in Abusive Situations

In this episode, we talk about the importance of safety plans for people in abusive situations. Leaving is the most dangerous time for a survivor of domestic violence as the perpetrator of abuse makes sure leaving is not an option. Survivors are afraid to leave as it puts their family members and other loved ones in danger. Building a support system and seeking help from advocates, friends or family members who can be trusted. Safety plans can be lifesavers in such situations. We also discuss how admitting the abuse and seeking help can be hard for survivors who are ashamed and feel like they are putting others in danger. It is essential to pack a bag with important documents, medication, etc. ahead of time and have a plan in place for a crisis. Survivors need to think around the perpetrator’s mentality and manage around it. It is a very complicated situation, and survivors are at a crucial crossroads when considering leaving.

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