Personal Safety

Tools Created by PPL

  • Personalized Safety Plan Having a personalized safety plan completed will help create steps to stay safe and be ready when an unsafe situation presents itself. The supplemental sections included are: Home & Neighbor Safety, Family & Children Safety, Health & Wellness (includes mental health), Drug & Alcohol Use, Order for Protections, and Other Information (such as a list for phone numbers and current medications).


  • Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line – Day One 24-hour crisis information that can help find shelter and provide support: 1.866.223.1111
  • The Men’s Line 24-hour crisis phone line for men: 612.379.MENS
  • Sexual Assault Hotline Locate sexual violence resources in MN: 1.800.656.4673
  • Resource List of Hennepin and Ramsey county shelters, hospitals, intervention and legal advocacy groups, culturally specific advocacy groups, and counseling resources
  • Safe at Home Helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and others who fear for their safety by establishing a confidential mailing address. It helps survivors go about their daily lives without the risk of their abusers discovering their actual address.
  • Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Programs and services include: free, overnight, residential child care for up to 72 hours for children, infant through age 6, short-term crisis counseling, referrals, parent education, goal setting, and home visits, and a 24-Hour Help-Line.
  • Victim’s Rights Victims of domestic violence in subsidized housing have rights. Learn more about VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) and connect with legal resources at the National Housing Law Project and LawHelp.

Tools and Reference

  • Order for Protection (OFP) An Order for Protection (OFP) is a court order forbidding the Respondent from physically harming the Petitioner or any minor child(ren) in the home, or from causing fear of immediate physical harm. This link provides information on what an OFP is, how an OFP can help someone experiencing domestic violence stay safe, and steps on how to obtain an OFP.
  • Power & Control Wheel Many women’s groups use the Power and Control Wheel. Battered women can point to each of the tactics on the wheel and clearly explain how these behaviors were used against them. They are able to see that they are not alone in their experience and more fully understand how their batterer could exert such control over them.
  • Additional Safety Resources

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