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Safety Plan2022-07-28T11:19:43-05:00

Safety Plan

If you feel that you are potentially be involved in a violent relationship, it is important to plan for your safety as well as that of your children and pets. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that outlines strategies for enhancing your safety during the relationship, while you prepare to leave, and after the relationship ends.

What is a Safety Plan?

A safety plan includes actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner. The information your safety plan is specific to your situation and is designed to increase your safety at school, home, and other places you regularly go.

Create a Safety Plan

Although you can’t control an abuser’s use of violence, you can plan how you will respond to future abusive or violent incidents, prepare for the possibility of an incident happening, and plan how get to safety. It is your decision if and when you tell others that you have been abused, or that you are still at risk.

Additionally, we have advocates available to assist you in creating your safety plan.

Please call us at (936) 441-4044 ext. 23.

Download Safety Planning Tips (PDF)

Technology & Safety

Technology and the Internet are powerful tools for anyone experiencing domestic violence. They can be essential resources for accessing information and help. They are also valuable platforms for connecting with friends, family members, advocates, and other service providers. Unfortunately, they can also be used by abusive partners to commit harassment and stalking, making it all the more important to ensure your safety online. Check out TechSafety Survivor Resources for more information.

Pet Safety

Protect the ones you love — all of them. Planning for your loved ones’ safety means planning for the safety of your pets. While your personal safety should always be your first priority, it’s important to consider how your pets fit into any plans you make to leave.

Not only is there a significant chance that victims of domestic abuse will own a companion animal, it is also highly likely that they will be reluctant to part with their pets due to strong, familial attachments to them. It is a sobering fact that nearly 25% of battered women will remain in an abusive situation out of fear for their pet’s safety, typically because they believe that their partner will harm or kill their pet.

What is a Safety Plan?

A safety plan includes actions that can help lower your risk of being hurt by your partner. The information your safety plan is specific to your situation and is designed to increase your safety at school, home, and other places you regularly go.

Create a Safety Plan

Although you can’t control an abuser’s use of violence, you can plan how you will respond to future abusive or violent incidents, prepare for the possibility of an incident happening, and plan how get to safety. It is your decision if and when you tell others that you have been abused, or that you are still at risk.

Additionally, we have advocates available to assist you in creating your safety plan.

Please call us at (936) 441-4044 ext. 23.

Download Safety Planning Tips (PDF)

Technology & Safety

Technology and the Internet are powerful tools for anyone experiencing domestic violence. They can be essential resources for accessing information and help. They are also valuable platforms for connecting with friends, family members, advocates, and other service providers. Unfortunately, they can also be used by abusive partners to commit harassment and stalking, making it all the more important to ensure your safety online. Check out TechSafety Survivor Resources for more information.

Pet Safety

Protect the ones you love — all of them. Planning for your loved ones’ safety means planning for the safety of your pets. While your personal safety should always be your first priority, it’s important to consider how your pets fit into any plans you make to leave.

Not only is there a significant chance that victims of domestic abuse will own a companion animal, it is also highly likely that they will be reluctant to part with their pets due to strong, familial attachments to them. It is a sobering fact that nearly 25% of battered women will remain in an abusive situation out of fear for their pet’s safety, typically because they believe that their partner will harm or kill their pet.

What Montgomery County Women’s Center

Means to Me

I used to think I was alone in the world and that nobody would understand that I was an outcast – that I’d be the one to stand out in a sea of people. Then I finally told someone my story. I found the women’s center – a place for my voice to be heard, a place where I found my voice, a place where people understand me more where the weight on my shoulders wasn’t so great – a safe place – the first place I genuinely laughed and smiled – a place to cry where no one judges. “Broken wings will heal and one day you will fly again.”

-- Stephanie
Teen Space Support Group Participant

The Montgomery County Women’s Center came into my life when I needed it the most, but I didn’t know that at the time. Being in an abusive relationship you think that YOU were doing something wrong or you can “fix” them. When I started to hear the patterns and then see the patterns, I knew I needed to change something. That change ended up being hard but they were with me through those hard times. I can honestly say that I’m in a better place now because of the work they did for me and with me.

-- Rob
High School Teacher

The Women’s Center plays a critical role in restoring the lives of individuals in our community. As an advocacy agency they continue to contribute to assisting without placing judgment or expectations upon those who are in need of their services. It is a true example of how lives can change when a combination of understanding and compassion meet.

-- Amber Dana
Community Partner/Advocate

If one year ago today you told me I’d be coming to a teen group & a part of the Youth Advisory Committee I’d look at you crazy. I never thought I’d be happy again. The Women’s Center has given me hope, courage, support. A place where I know I have a voice, where I know I can be open; truly. I can now say I’m a strong individual; I can set boundaries. I am more than what happened to me, I’m stronger, I’m better. Being a part of this group has helped me see my worth. It has changed my life for the better.

-- Samantha
Teen Space Support Group Participant

Montgomery County Women’s Center means empowerment, courage, love, & stability. The people here don’t pity me but they share empathy with me; they hear me. The counseling at has helped so much. It has helped me understand that it wasn’t my fault and to take control of the situation. It’s more of a safe place to let all my thoughts out.

-- Daisy
Support Group Participant

The Women’s Center has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. At the shelter I felt safe and was given resources to be able to stand on my own – away from my abuser. Then at Reaching Pines, I feel very supported and appreciate learning how to protect myself and notice red flags in future relationships.

-- Susan
Reaching Pines Resident

The Montgomery County Women’s Center is truly a life saver! The services provided are just invaluable. There really are no words to express my appreciation. The material covered through the Personal Empowerment Program classes is very well put together and I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend and gain knowledge.

-- Ashley
Domestic Violence Education Class Participant

For my students, The Women’s Center opens up a conversation about topics that are not always easy to address. It provides impactful information that can be eye opening and new to some, but very emotionally relevant to others. They then can take this information and related issues into their future work place, home, relationships. It can teach them what a healthy relationship is and what red flags to look for. Having the Outreach Team come speak to them is a wonderful teaching tool.

-- Susie
Sam Houston State University Professor

To the community Montgomery County Women’s Center means fellowship. It give us an identity and strength. It provides a reason to come together and work for a purpose and to surround each other with support.

-- Courtney
Sam Houston State University Professor

To me, The Women’s Center means the ability to start over on my own. It means new found freedom and assistance. To the community it means HOPE.

-- Jasmine
Counseling Client

For me, The Montgomery County Women’s Center is a lighthouse where there was once darkness. It is a place of healing.

-- Doris
Counseling Client

My volunteer experience has been so positive. Everyone who I come into contact here, every staff person, has been so helpful. It has made my experience very supportive. Being able to look back on the last two years and think about how many hours I’ve been on-call and how many people I’ve been able to talk to, it’s such a good feeling. Knowing that I’ve made a difference in my community and, hopefully, in the lives of those survivors is the best feeling and an amazing experience.

-- Sharon
Volunteer

The Montgomery County Women’s Center helped me realize the impact I can make in another’s life with only a few words!

-- Jamie
Volunteer

The Montgomery County Women’s Center means education. They provide the most comprehensive training for volunteers to be ready on their first shift. I am learning everyday through my work with them. My mind is more open.

-- Scarlett
Volunteer

The Women’s Center means the realization that as a community we are not doing enough to protect, believe, and empower survivors. By supporting the center I am able to change that.

-- Justin
Volunteer

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