While safety planning is related to determining the risk of danger or lethality, the considerations are different. Safety planning is an interactive process done with the victim to assess and re-assess her risks and needs, as well as her strengths and strategies used to address those risks and needs.
Whether visible to outside observers or not, social risks are real and significant to the individual battered woman.
This workbook is designed to help women focus on behaviors and activities relative to their fundamental safety, helping to highlight the complex network of needs and problems each woman may encounter, her survival skills and strengths, and how she can or has already used them to prioritize the difficult areas of her life.
Whether we are assessing risks, advocating for an individual, making policies, or evaluating programs, thinking critically and broadly about women’s safety undoubtedly enhances the effectiveness of our work on behalf of battered women.
This Applied Research paper adopts a holistic approach to understand battered women’s protective strategies, reviewing a wide range of strategies used by women to cope with numerous threats posed by battering, not just the threat of bodily harm.
This paper raises key issues, questions, and dilemmas regarding advocacy with battered women who stay in their relationships. It discusses limitations of safety strategies for leaving, and frames issues central to the expansion of advocacy beyond leaving.
Advocacy Beyond Leaving: Helping Battered Women in Contact with Current or Former Partners, A Guide for Domestic Violence Advocates
Using the familiar and concrete framework of woman-defined advocacy, the Guide explains advocates’ important role in safety planning when victims are in contact with current or former partners.