Safety Planning

Whether you are currently with your partner or not, a safety plan can reduce your risk of being harmed.

Being Ready for a Crisis

If you are currently in a relationship, these tips will help you prepare yourself in case of a crisis.

Planning to Leave

Leaving is often the most dangerous time. Here are some things to consider to help protect you and your children.

After You

Leave

Being removed from the situation does not necessarily mean that the danger is over.

Long-Term

Safety

Here are some ideas for helping keep you and your children safe, even after escaping the danger.

Being Ready For a Crisis

 
  • Plan and Practice escape routes.

  • Keep a purse with car keys and important documents ready in an easily accessible place.

  • Try to leave money and extra keys with a trusted friend or relative

  • Keep copies of important documents. Some documents you may want to include are as follows. It is a good idea to keep these items in a specified folder at all times for easy access in case you need to make a quick escape.

    • ID's for yourself and your children​

    • Birth certificates for you and your children

    • Social Security cards

    • School and vaccination records

    • Money, checkbook, bank books, ATM cards

    • Credit cards

    • Keys

      • House​ keys

      • Car keys

      • Office keys

    • Driver's License/Car registration

    • Medication

    • Insurance papers

    • Public assistance Id/Medicaid/Food stamps

    • Passports, green cards, work permits

    • Lease, rental agreement or house deed

    • Car/mortgage payment book

    • Marriage License

 

  • Call a domestic violence program. We can help you with safe shelter. Below is a list of resources.

    • June N Jenkins Women's Shelter (337)462-6504 or (337)462-6509.​

    • National Hotline at 1-888-411-1333.

  • Have an extra set of car keys and important items and documents ready.

  • If you fear your life is in danger, consider getting a protective order. June N Jenkins or nearly any other womens' shelter is equipped to help you obtain a protective order at absolutely no cost to you.

  • Make sure to bring important documents with you! Refer to the list above under "Being ready for a crisis" for a full list of documents and things you may need.

  • ​Change the locks on your doors and windows.

  • Reinforce the locks with longer and thicker screws.
  • Replace wooden doors with metal/steel doors.

  • Install a security system! Look into additional locks as well.

  • Install smoke detectors and put fire extinguishers in your home.

  • Teach your children how to use the phone and make sure they know important numbers

  • Tell people who take care of your children (school, babysitters) of your situation. Make sure they know who can and cannot pick up your kids.

  • Give your kids' caretakers copies of custody and protective orders and emergency numbers.

  • Protect yourself at work.

    • Inform your boss, coworkers, and security of your situation.

    • Ask reception to screen calls while at work.

    • Create a plan while commuting to and from work in case you find yourself in a dangerous situation.

    • Try to change your routine, avoid going alone to places you fear your abuser may show up.

  • If you have a protective order...

    • Keep copies on you and at your house.

    • Give a copy to your housing office, if applicable.

    • Give a copy to your employer.

    • Make sure local authorities have been notified and have copies of the protective order.

    • Give copies to all schools, daycares, babysitters, or anywhere else your children spend time.

    • If your abuser destroys your protective order, immediately contact authorities. You can obtain copies from the Clerk of Court, your attorney, or JNJWS.

    • If your abuser violates the terms of the protective order, immediately contact your local police, your attorney, or your advocate.

  • Protect your emotional health.

    • If you are feeling down, lonely, or confused, remember you are not alone! Call us at (337)462-6504 or (337)462-6509. You can also call the international hotline at 1-888-411-1333.

    • You can attend support groups, workshops, or classes at your local domestic violence program

      • These can help you ​connect with child care systems, learn skills, or get information.

  • June N. Jenkins offers Children's Groups. 

    • Children's Groups are designed to be therapeutic play-and-learn sessions.​

    • These can teach your children a variety of valuable life skills and worldly awareness.

Planning To Leave

After You Leave

Long-Term Health

 
 
 

Below are more links to the most helpful safety plans for you to protect yourself and your children.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Domestic Violence Resource Center

 

JNJWS

Call

Love should not hurt.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please contact us!

You are not alone. We can help!

Email: junenjenkins@outlook.com

Phone: 337-462-6504

             337-462-6509

National : 337-462-6504

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