A person is at highest risk once a restraining order has been served to the abuser, making it critical that the victim have a safety plan in place. We have caseworkers on staff who will meet with the victim to develop a safety plan. Together they will assess and determine:
- Where is the safest place for the victim to stay? We can assist with safe shelter.
- If children are involved, notifications and instructions may need to be given to their caregivers, schools, and teachers.
- Does the victim’s employer need to be informed?
- Does the victim have a phone to call 911 if the abuser violates the restraining order?
- Do family members and friends need to be informed of what to do if the abuser contacts them?
Our trauma-informed caseworkers can help design individualized safety plans, taking these issues and others into account.