Students who have experienced IPV can benefit greatly from developing a safety plan with the assistance of a counselor or advocate. A safety plan highlights areas of concern related to specifics of the victim’s/survivor’s environment and makes concrete suggestions about navigating it in the safest possible way. It is best to complete with a trained professional staff member (e.g. advocate, counselor, police, etc.). Copies of developed safety plans should be provided to trusted friends and/or family members for continuing assistance and support.
For an example of a sample comprehensive IPV Safety Plan for college/university students, visit pages 82-88 of the NCCADV Guidance and Model Policy Documents.