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​Safety & Support

A safety plan is a personalized strategy that includes ways to remain safe, an identified support system, and tactics to cope with emotions. In a moment of crisis or when triggered by panic, our brains will not function the same way they do when we are calm. Planning in advance will help victims/survivors to act quickly and can calm some feelings of fear and panic.

Locate a victim service agency in your area to help create a safety plan.

One way for crime victims/survivors to mitigate risk is to register for notifications about the offender(s) in their case. Check this sheet for safety planning tips when an offender is released on parole.

Once registered, a variety of programs & services (pdf) are available to victims/survivors, through the Office of Victim Advocate.

 

A variety of additional resources are available through these partners: 

    •    Pennsylvania ChildLine                                         800.932.0313
    •    Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape               888.772.7227
    •    National Domestic Violence Hotline                 800.799.7233
    •    National Human Trafficking Hotline                 888.373.7888