August 3, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Virtual Event
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Following the Plan: Safety Planning for Client and Police Interactions

Featured Presenters: 
India Azzinaro, Outreach Specialist
(Lutheran Settlement House)
Toby Fraser, Manager for Community Education
(Lutheran Settlement House)

In this learning session participants will learn how to apply the basic concepts of Safety Planning to the scenario of a survivor considering calling the police for help.

It is an unfortunate reality that the police are not always supportive, just, non-racist, or well trained in how to support survivors of domestic violence. It is also a reality that 911 is a well-known resource and can be the first place someone thinks of when they need help.

Calling the police can be a difficult decision that might have safety and legal repercussions for the survivor. Additionally, survivors of color, immigrant survivors, and LGBT survivors face state violence that mirrors partner violence. Reports show that BIPOC are more likely to die as a result of police harm, and BIPOC, immigrant, and LGBTQ survivors are more likely to be falsely arrested and/or scrutinized when police are called.

We’ll be getting into scenarios around future planning with clients thinking about calling, more crisis situations like being on the hotline and being asked to call right then, and ways to support when hearing about past bad experiences with police.

Participants will be able to
  • Feel confident having open and honest conversations with clients about the benefits and risks of engaging with police.
  • Thoroughly understand the alternatives to calling the police.
  • Prepare a safety plan for when a future client is considering calling the police.
ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided for this session.

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