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Safety Planning

Victim Services is available to provide assistance in safety planning for victims of crime. Detailed safety plans for victims of domestic violence and criminal harassment can help them to protect themselves and their families. General safety tips and website referrals regarding transportation, home security and internet child safety are also available to the general public

Safety Planning

All victims of crime are eligible for assistance with a safety plan.

The purpose of safety planning is to empower individuals affected by crime to become aware of and, take measures to enhance, their level of safety.

Victim Services of Algoma will support the victim in the creation of a personal safety plan which will involve the client considering all aspects of his/her environment and daily activity.  The plan will include strategies to reduce the risk of further harm.

Because all situations are unique, there is no one safety plan that can meet the needs of all clients.  There are, however, some core characteristics that all good safety plans share.  A safety plan should include:

  • How to get away if there is an emergency;
  • How to help if leaving is not an option;
  • Where to go if leaving;
  • How to be safe at a new place;
  • How to keep in touch with people who will help;
  • How to keep the children safe;
  • How to keep personal property (important documents, family keepsakes, etc.) safe;
  • How to stay safe in public and at work;
  • How to be safe using social media;
  • Anything else that the client needs to feel they have a viable safety plan. 

Safety plans are not static and need to changes as circumstances change.  The client is the owner of the plan, and once it is created, the onus is on the client, to update it as her/her circumstances change.  Victim Services of Algoma can assist with updating if needed.  Victim Services of Algoma is not responsible for a client’s safety, public safety is the responsibility of the police.

For more information contact our offices at 705 795-6905 or toll free 1-888-822-7792.