Development of a SAFETY PLAN is one of the most important services that victim advocates can provide for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of sexual violence.
A safety plan is a clearly formulated plan essential for helping the victim to escape present or future violence.
Each survivor's situation is unique, so every safety plan will be different. Good safety plans change over time, as the victim's situation changes.
In tailoring a safety plan, the victim advocate should encourage the victim to: memorize essential phone numbers (911, police dispatch, the victim advocate, etc.), think of ways to increase her own safety (not walking alone at night, locking house and car doors as soon as she gets inside, etc.), develop strategies to "escape" threatening situations in day-to-day life such as at work, home, community events, etc., and prepare a safety bag full of essentials (legal documents, health cards, list of medications, change of clothing, diapers and wipes, etc.).
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