A Safety Plan is just that—a plan to keep you safer than you would be otherwise. We safety plan all the time without realizing it! For example, you (hopefully) buckle your seatbelt when driving. You aren’t planning to crash, but you wear it just in case. A good safety plan helps you identify risk (emotional, physical, financial, or any other form of risk) and mobilize your strengths and support system in a plan that mitigates that risk. For example, if you know that you struggle with painful feelings at night, you might identify coping strategies that work for you ahead of time. If someone is stalking you, you might take many actions, including telling those you live with or near what this person looks like so they know not to let them into the building. To function well, your safety plan must be specific to your situation, build off what you know about your own life, and change with your circumstances. Abuse of any kind is not your fault or within your control, but it can be empowering and safer to identify what is in your control and use that to your benefit. At VPR, we can help you build a safety plan that works for you.