Lipstick Safety Plan Directions
For individuals living in the throes of domestic or intimate partner violence, planning a safe way forward and or out is paramount. For these individuals, boundaries and privacy are almost non-existent in their lived experiences, therefore, being strategic and stealth is of the utmost importance. Makeup and chapstick are less likely to be identifiable methods of safety planning. However, if this project is widely publicized they can become fair game for abusers in search of information about their mate. Please use and discuss with discretion.
This lipstick safety plan is a customizable double sheet that can be a great tool for those in need. This can be a group project that a church takes on to share with local shelters or to have at the ready for those in their midst.
- Collect lipstick/chapstick tubes or purchase empty ones on amazon
- Clean them out
- Customize the printable version of the safety plan (next two pages) with your local DV support information
- They print perfectly front and back on one sheet that can be cut longways
- Fold and roll the plan tightly and insert in tubes
- Keep them on hand or share
A Safe Path Forward
You have the right to live free from violence. You deserve to be listened to and supported.You have the right to your own opinions and the right to pursue your own happiness!You deserve to realize your own dreams.Domestic violence is a crime, and can affect anyone.It has lasting effects on adults and children.Domestic Violence is a pattern of one person exerting power and control over another in the context of dating, family or household relationships.There are several types of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, and financial are the most common.
Creating a Safety Plan and thinking through your options and resources can make the difference between life and death. Trust your judgement and instincts and take measures that ensure you and your children’s welfare.
We are only a phone call away…1-844-.BE-SAFE (237-2331)
Steps to creating a Safe Plan Forward:
- Know the Warning Signs
- How will you know when your safety is at risk?
- Internal Coping Strategies
- What do you need to do for yourself to ensure you are prepared for an escalation in the situation?
- What might stand in the way of your safety?How can you overcome these roadblocks?
- Making the Environment Safe
- Remove or secure firearms. During volatile situations, stay away from rooms that do not have an exit or rooms that may have weapons. Obtain a ‘pay as you go’ phone for emergencies and place in an area you may end up needing to call 911.
Preparing for a Quick Exit
Always know where your purse, wallet and keys are located. Prepare an escape bag with essentials, store it in the trunk of your vehicle or with friends or families.
Family/Friends who may offer help
Identify who you could turn to for financial support and transportation. Identify public or safe settings you can go to until things settle down.
Professionals and Agencies Who can help
Remember 911 is the best choice if you feel unsafe and cannot escape the violence. The 24-Hour-Crisis + Information hotline is available to you 24/7. 1-844-Be-Safe-1 (237-2331). Identify the professionals and agencies that you could reach out to for help in an emergency.
It’s never too soon – or too late – to admit there is a problem and seek help!
24-hour emergency assistance:
CCSS: 1-844-BE-SAFE-1 (1-844-237-2331)
24-hour emergency treatment:
*Go to local Emergency Room
Checklist for a Quick Exit
- House and car keys
- Money/Credit Cards
- Clothes & hygiene necessities
- Small toys/blankets
- ID’s, SS cards, Birth Certificates
- Lease or Deed
- Insurance cards
- Divorce/Custody Papers
- Restraining Order/Order of Protection
- VISA/Work Permit