Safety Planning & Serving as a Referral SourceA BIPP Educational Series, Part One Online Module CJAD Approved Hours: 1
Objectives To define and outline safety planning process Identify importance of safety planning for BIPPs To identify your role in safety planning To outline the importance of building a network of local community resources for referral purposes
It is very important to remember that safety planning applies to both staying in the relationship and leaving the relationship. Safety planning includes strategies to address the different forms of violence and power and control used by the batterer. Examples include, but are not limited to: Physical safety Emotional well-being Financial/Economic situation Safety planning represents the creative efforts by the survivor to survive the power and control of the batterer. Safety Planning Definition: Safety Planning--The informal and formal processes by which survivors of domestic violence plan and strategize for the short and long-term safety of themselves and their loved ones.
Short-term safety planning involves immediate actions survivors can take to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Examples: Keeping a second set of keys in a safe location Code or signal system for neighbors to call the police Keeping copies of important documents in a safe place Short-Term Safety Planning It is always a best practice to refer the survivor to the local family violence shelter or center for safety planning.
Long-term safety planning involves a more thorough strategic plan that will evolve over time. A well trained family violence advocate is the most appropriate person to offer assistance and guidance through this process. The family violence advocate will be able to present the survivor with many available options. Examples: Access/referral to legal assistance such as a protective order Access to employment opportunities or job training Basic budgeting knowledge Address Confidentiality Program Crime Victims’ Compensation Long-Term Safety Planning
Making Referrals for Safety Planning: Your Local Family Violence Program It is always best to refer survivors to a trained family violence advocate to assist in the development of a safety plan. Well informed, trained family violence advocates can assist and guide survivors through the development of short and long-term safety plans. Family violence advocates will be able to offer resources available to the survivor.
Safety Planning: It’s all in the details… The safety plan must be driven and centered on the needs, values, and resources of survivors The most effective safety plans are developed by survivors, since they are the experts of their own personal and unique situations.
Survivor are aware of what safe guards have worked in the past.
A safety plan needs to be revisited periodically, especially if a situation changes.
By respecting the autonomy of the survivor, you are empowering them to make their own choices and have confidence in themselves
Remember, survivors, like everyone else, have a complex set of needs, wants, and responsibilities.
Survivors are not just victims
Survivors always have the choice to share their personal information with your program and withdraw permission at any time. Always respect the decisions of survivors. Survivors
Empowerment Survivors are empowered through the knowledge of resources, information and support. Referring survivors to local family violence agencies and advocates in your area can be a vital connection for them as they move to forward in violence-free lives. Know the many different types of resources in your community.
Why is safety planning important for BIPP Facilitators? Victim safety is the top priority for a BIP program You will have a better understanding of the survivors’ perspective, which will broaden knowledge of family violence in order to improve your facilitating skills. It is your responsibility to bring focus to the survivors perspectives in to the group sessions. You will gain facilitation skills. If you are grounded in the experience of family violence survivors, you will be less likely to inadvertently collude with batterers.
Your communication with survivors, your decisions around completion and termination, and other aspects of the program may effect their safety and decisions to remain with or leave the batterer. You’re an advocate, too! As a BIPP facilitator, you are making a commitment on working towards ending intimate partner violence. You are part of the community response to hold batterers accountable. Why is Safety Planning Important for BIPP Facilitators?
You may be called upon to short-term safety plan with a survivor during victim/partner contact. Knowing the local family violence community resources in your area will be vital for survivors’ safety. Know the local domestic violence community resources in your area What types of services are available? What trainings are available through the local family violence program? Begin networking with the other various community resources What services are available at each agency? Your Role in Safety Planning as a BIPP facilitator
REMEMBER: It is always a best practice to refer the survivor to the local family violence shelter or center for safety planning.
As a BIPP Facilitator, it is very important to become well connected with the local family violence programs in your area in order to refer survivors to trained domestic violence advocates for safety planning and other resources. On the following slides, see examples of different systems and agencies who have the opportunity to hold batterers accountable. It is suggested that each BIPP have other local community agency’s contact information readily available to refer survivors. Building a Community Resource List