Safety Planning

Safety Is The First Step


InterAct’s around-the-clock crisis lines are available to people dealing with abuse to answer questions, provide assistance, and help prepare a safety plan.  

What exactly is a “safety plan”? It is a proactive strategy someone in an abusive situation/relationship creates with a trained counselor laying out steps to take that can help keep themselves and their families safe.  

While a person may not have control over their abuser’s violence, they can prepare how to anticipate and respond to abuse and use their safety plan. 

While it can be hard to understand why a person stays in a violent situation, it is important to know that statistics show that leaving a domestic violence relationship is often the most dangerous time for a victim.   

The decision to disclose experiences of abuse or ongoing risk is the victim’s to make. If they share this information, friends, family, and coworkers can assist in implementing the safety plan if they are aware of InterAct’s crisis lines, which are available as a resource. 


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: (919) 828-7740; (866) 291-0855 toll-free

SEXUAL ASSAULT: (919) 828-3005; (866) 291-0853 toll-free

SPANISH: (844) 203-8896



Domestic Violence Safety Plan

LGBTQ Safety Planning for Domestic Violence

Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) Program

Domestic Violence Protection Order

Address Confidentiality Program

Quick Guide to Enforcing Your Protective Order

Quick Guide to Enforcing Your Protective Order

Safety Plan for Teens

Stalking Safety Strategies

Technology Safety Plan


Websites: – FORGE reduces the impact of trauma on trans/non-binary survivors and communities by empowering service providers, advocating for systems reform, and connecting survivors to healing possibilities. – North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Survivor to Survivor – Video and Planning for Safety and Leaving – North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault – LGBT Center of Raleigh