Safety Planning

Help with creating a personalized safety plan for yourself and your family

What Is Safety Planning?

Safety planning related to domestic violence may involve taking actions or making choices that lower a survivor's risk of being hurt. Safety planning cannot guarantee safety, but may help someone feel more prepared in difficult or unsafe situations.

Planning to Leave

When we approach safety planning by telling survivors what to do instead of identifying the options available to them, we are likely to overlook important safety considerations such as unique individual circumstances and personal traits or habits of their abusers.

YWCA Spokane advocates can work closely with survivors to make a plan. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.

Here for You

No matter what has led you to the place where you are now — we see you, we believe you, we respect you, and we are here to support you in how you want to move forward.

Find a Safe Place to Stay

Think of places you could stay if you leave home; do you have any safe friends or family members?

Contact an Advocate

If you are in imminent danger and do not have a safe place to stay, consider calling our 24hr helpline for support.  They can see if you are a fit for our safe shelter.

Safe shelter

Safety Plan Considerations

Safety planning needs to be individualized to the survivor and completed with their input because they’re experts in their own experience and needs. YWCA Spokane advocates can work closely with survivors to make a plan. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance.


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