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Safety Planning

Everyone deserves to feel safe. A Safety Plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to feel safe while in a relationship or environment, while planning to leave a place or person, or after you have left. Safety planning involves learning how to cope with emotions, how to tell friends and family about the abuse, how to take legal action, and more.

While anyone can make safety plans on their own, it is often helpful to enlist the assistance of trained professionals. These professionals, including advocates and law enforcement officers, can help you determine which options will best enhance your safety. They will work to devise a safety plan to address your unique situation and circumstances. Our victim advocates are able to help create a safety plan that best meets your needs.

A good safety plan will have all of the vital information you need, will be tailored to your unique situation, and will help walk you through a variety of 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. Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you to protect yourself in those stressful moments.



New at Columbus State

Application Assistant now available with the Safe at Home Program

Safe at Home is a confidentiality program that allows victims of intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking, or sexual assault to apply for an address with the Secretary of State that shields their residential address from public records, including voter registration lists. Victims can apply to participate in the program only through a certified application assistant; contact Corey Harris at (614) 287-2198 or for details, or to enroll in the program. More information can be found at the Secretary of State website.

If you are witnessing or experiencing any emergency, Call 911. The Police Department can be contacted from any campus telephone by dialing Ext. 2525, or from any public or off-campus telephone by dialing (614) 287-2525.