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Safety Planning

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Safety planning is one of the foundations of meaningful, survivor-centered advocacy. This collection of information, resources, and training materials will help advocates work with survivors on an ongoing basis to plan for how to stay as safe as possible.

Online trainings & resources

  • Safety Planning with Survivors: Core Concepts – This webinar covers the theory behind safety planning and how to do it well in real life. This is a great training for anyone who works closely with survivors.
  • Technology Safety – Abusers often use technology to stalk or monitor their partners. This collection of resources includes safety tips and privacy strategies for survivors of abuse.
  • Protective Orders in Washington State – Protective Orders often come up during conversations about safety planning. While Protective Orders are very effective for many people, they are not a good option for everyone. Some abusers react to these court orders with escalated violence. This training course provides information about the different types of protective orders available, as well as advocacy tips for working with survivors considering one of these orders.

Model policies & protocols


Domestic violence hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anyone who would like to call, text, or chat with an advocate about safety planning. Since no individual advocate can be availalbe at all times and safety needs are always changing, it is helpful to routinely share hotline information with survivors.