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How does a safety plan help mental abuse?

A safety plan helps abused individuals escape from or protect themselves during an abusive event. This is particularly helpful for physical abuse when a person's very existence may at risk. The previously published answer indicates what should be included in a safety plan.

With mental or emotional abuse, there can be an insidiousness that dampens the sense of urgency to escape. If the abuser convinces his or her victim that the ills of the world are their entire fault and that they are worthless, that victim is not going to see escape as an option. After all, who else would put up with such a worthless piece of humanity?  There is self-blame rather than seeing the abuser as someone from whom escape is necessary. In this instance, the victim would not see that a safety plan was necessary.

A safety plan helps a victim escape an abusive relationship. Ask workers at a domestic violence hotline or a women's shelter for advice. Identify a friend or family member where you can stay and be safe. The plan should include a way to get to the safe location and access to money. Have an overnight bag packed and ready, including clothes, keys, and prescription drugs. Make copies of important documents, like birth certificates, bank account numbers, social security numbers, and insurance cards. Protect your communication in case your movements are being monitored by the abuser. Limit your use of cell phones and home phones. Clear your internet search history and change email passwords frequently.

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