FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) – A safety plan is a resource for victims of domestic violence to escape their abuser. How can victims start their plan?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and an advocate provides resources and tips to stay safe. Belinda Hopkins, domestic violence victim advocate for the Women’s Resource Center, said victims of domestic violence are women and men.
âDomestic violence can happen anywhere. It can happen with friends, dating violence. It’s not just married couples, âHopkins said.
According to Hopkins, no security plan is the same and every security plan can be tailored for that specific victim. Victims may include personal documents, ID, a safe place to escape, and someone they trust to help them.
Hopkins also addressed the question “Why didn’t you just go away?” Â»Question.
“This person knows how deep and in what danger they are. We want them to be safe, we want to make them safe, but we also have to help them take safety measures to get to safety.” Hopkins said.
Some signs that people can spot in victims are those who constantly check the time, for bruises on the body, and walk near their attacker with their heads down.
For assistance in developing a safety plan, victims can contact an advocate at the Women’s Resource Center by calling their 24-hour hotline at 304-255-2559.