Employer Guide to Safety Planning

Safety plans are an important tool to help reduce a survivor’s risk of harm from an abusive individual at home, in the workplace, and in the community. This guide provides information on different types of safety plans with a focus on those aspects related to the workplace.

A safety plan is a survivor-led tool that outlines set of actions that can help lower their risk of experiencing violence. Safety plans are specific to an individual and consider their safety needs at home, in the community, and in the workplace.

Safety plans, best developed with a trained victim advocate, cover:

  • Safety in the home including options for alternative housing arrangements and items to have readily available in case of a need to quickly vacate the home;
  • How to safely commute to school and/or work;
  • Who can serve as an emergency contact;
  • Protecting access to email, phone, and online accounts;
  • Keeping children safe; and
  • Strategies to promote emotional health.

While comprehensive safety plans include some basic safety measures for the work, employers have the unique ability to address one’s safety needs when at work. To help promote an employee’s safety at work, workplaces should work with them to better understand what they need to be safe and how the workplace can support their safety.