Safety Planning

Domestic and relationship violence can happen at any time.

It’s essential that you know about how to create a safety plan. We can meet with you in person or feel free to call us to assist you in developing a safety plan.

An advocate can be reached at 419-289-8085.

What is Safety Planning?

safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. Safety planning involves how to cope with emotions, tell friends and family about the abuse and take legal action and more.

A good safety plan will have all of the vital information you need and be tailored to your unique situation, and will help walk you through different scenarios.

Although some of the things that you outline in your safety plan may seem obvious, it’s important to remember that in moments of crisis your brain doesn’t function the same way as when you are calm. When adrenaline is pumping through your veins it can be hard to think clearly or make logical decisions about your safety. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you to protect yourself in those stressful moments.

Important Local Numbers

Ashland, Ohio


Ashland County Sheriff…419-289-3911


Ohio State Patrol–Ashland…419-289-0911


Hayesville, Ohio

Fire Department...419-368-7335


Jeromesville, Ohio

Fire Department...419-368-6811


Loudonville, Ohio

Fire Department…419-994-4000



Perrysville, Ohio

Fire Department…419-938-5822


Polk and Red Haw, Ohio

Fire Department…419-945-2681



Savannah, Ohio

Fire Department…419-962-4630

Ashland City Sheriff…419-289-3911

West Salem, Ohio


How You Can Help

Understand Abuse

Abuse is never the victim's fault.

Recognize the Signs

While abuse can look different in every case, certain behaviors are red flags that abuse might be present.

Understand Why They Stay

Fear, hope, love, and financial reasons are some examples to barriers of leaving

How to Help After They Leave

Safety Planning



 The Do's and Dont's


  • Trust their knowledge
  • Express concern
  • Listen and validate
  • Learn about community resources
  • Support their decisions


  • Criticize the abuser
  • Judge or blame
  • Pressure her/him
  • Give advice
  • Place conditions on your support



If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up! If you’re hesitating—telling yourself that it’s none of your business, you might be wrong, or the person might not want to talk about it—keep in mind that expressing your concern will let the person know that you care and may even save his or her life. Talk to the person in private and let him or her know that you’re concerned. Point out the things you’ve noticed that have made you worried. Tell the person that you’re there, whenever he or she feels ready to talk. Reassure the person that you’ll keep whatever is said between the two of you, and let him or her know that you’ll help in any way you can.

Remember, abusers are very good at controlling and manipulating their victims. People who have been emotionally abused or battered are depressed, drained, scared, ashamed, and confused. They need help to get out, yet they’ve often been isolated from their family and friends. By picking up on the warning signs and offering support, you can help them escape an abusive situation and begin healing.