Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

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Mental Health

Helping Clients Who Are Being Abused: Safety and treatment planning

Keep safety in mind in your treatment planning, and assist the client with safety-related concerns. Work with the client to evaluate all treatment and discharge plans to determine whether following them might further endanger her or unintentionally reinforce her partner’s control.

Don’t try to be the expert – the client knows her risks, and her partner, better than anyone.

Try to help each abused client to:

(Many of these ideas are from Davies, J. (1998). Safety Planning with Battered Women. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.)