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Safety Planning

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

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Being Ready for a Crisis

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

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Planning to Leave

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

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After You


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

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

Being Ready For a Crisis

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

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




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