Safety Plan for the Daily Women's Group

Original Proposal written by Dalielle & Jessica Revisions by Linda & Tanya January 2023

Safety Statement & Agreement

This group endeavors to create a safe and welcoming environment where all our members can gain and maintain sobriety. This group welcomes all those seeking help with a drinking problem. A.A. is inclusive, never exclusive. Therefore we respect all our members with varying abilities, identities, religious beliefs and non-belief, backgrounds and ages. By group conscience, we approved the following safety agreements in order to protect our common welfare:

  1. Participants will turn on camera when sharing or identify themselves if on phone.

  1. This group does not tolerate intentional disruptions and disruptive members will be removed by the greeter or other trusted servant.

  1. This group does not tolerate hate speech of any kind and members who use slurs or display hate symbols will be removed.

  1. We respect the identities of all our members, including using their requested pronouns.

  1. This group does not tolerate predatory behavior, such as unwanted sexual attention or targeting vulnerable members.

  1. If you are experiencing unwanted attention or harassment by a member of this group, during or after our meeting time, please speak with one of this group’s trusted servants or Safety Liaison.

  1. Any safety violation will result in immediate removal from the Zoom meeting.

No one will be forbidden to attend another meeting in observance of Tradition 3.

If you have questions about any of these agreements, or if you see, hear or experience something that makes you feel unsafe, please speak with one of this group’s trusted servants or Safety Liaison.

Job Description: Safety Liaison

Term of Service: 2 Years

Amount of Sobriety: 2 Years

  1. Have working knowledge of traditions and has worked all 12 steps

  2. Ability to learn, to be open, and to be sensitive to these issues.

  3. Acts as a resource, open to questions via email, small group discussions via break out rooms or additional phone calls

  4. Completes training and trains responsible trusted servants

  5. Clear and solid knowledge of safety plan

  6. Making themselves accessible to those involved with the incident and third-party witnesses from the group/fellowship

  • Available to listen, process, and talk to all parties relevant to the incident.

  • Provide AA approved resources;

  • Encourage communication with sponsor/encourage seeking sponsorship if third-party witness does not have one

  • To provide guidance rather than support – We are not mental health professionals, provide traditional AA suggestions

7. More duties to be added as this position develops

Responsibilities of Trusted Servants team:

Host and all co-hosts to be trained by Safety Liaison

  1. Practices love, tolerance and kindness in navigating safety concerns and conflicts, while also firmly enforcing group boundaries.

  2. Greeter monitors shares, and video participation for compliance of meeting safety agreements. Co-secretary monitors chat.

  3. Trusted servant removes violating participant.

  4. Makes themselves accessible to talk to safety liaison about incident.

  5. Makes it a priority to communicate effectively with each other as a team to provide an optimum safe environment

Script Amendment

“SECRETARY: “Before we begin, I’d like to remind everyone that we have a zero-tolerance policy for any misconduct, which includes hate speech of any kind, lewd behavior, or any harmful behavior directed at our members. We are here setting a safe space for all of our members and newcomers in recovery.”

with an additional sentence to be read aloud, “Please see the link to the safety plan in the chat.” Co-Secretary to drop this link in chat.

Defining Safety Violations

  • To be reviewed and edited when service position changes. Any significant change to be reviewed with Steering committe.

Racism, discrimination, or insults

Discriminate against, threaten, or insult individuals or groups based on race, color, ethnicity, immigration status, national origin, religion or faith, sex or gender identity, sexual orientation, housing status, disability, or medical condition.

Assume that someone is engaged in suspicious activity or criminal behavior because of their race or ethnicity. (Racial profiling)

Use negative stereotypes, caricatures, or generalizations about a group of individuals. This includes the use of insulting imagery or memes.

Use slurs, profanity, derogatory racial terms, or other language that reduces an individual’s humanity. This includes the use of the dehumanizing terms, “illegals,” “illegal aliens,” or “aliens” to refer to non-citizens, the use of racial code words (e.g., “Thug” or “Oriental”), as well as the use of derogatory language to refer to people who have a criminal history (e.g., "scum" or "animals").

Deny an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation, or promote support for conversion therapy and related programs.

Hate speech, violence, or threats

Show or elicit support for hate groups or people promoting hateful activities.

Promote hate-based conspiracy theories and misinformation (e.g., Holocaust denial or “Antifa is invading the suburbs”)

Suggest, show, threaten, or glorify the use of violence — even jokingly — against an individual or a group of individuals.

Attempt to condone or trivialize violence against others — even inadvertently (e.g., “Yeah, but that person is a criminal”).

Marginalized groups

Attack individuals, including public figures, based on their membership in a marginalized or protected group.

Mock or attack the beliefs, sacred symbols, movements, or institutions of marginalized or protected groups

Harassment during and/or outside Group Meetings and/or Events

Harassment is commonly understood as an unwanted behavior that demeans, humiliates or embarrasses a person. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment is legally understood in the U.S. as “unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color religion, sex (including pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.” Examples of unwanted behavior include, but are not limited to: offensive jokes, slurs epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation and bullying, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, physical gestures and facial expressions, and interference with work performance. It can also include repeated unwanted sexual or romantic attention.

Examples: Pet Show/Art Show/In Person San Francisco Meetup

Misgendering or Microaggressions

Definition: Identifying the gender of a person incorrectly by using an incorrect pronoun or label.

For more information on Misgendering: ​​Misgendering: What Is It and Why Is It Harmful?.

For more information on Microagressions: Microaggression - Wikipedia

Helpful Resources (Not AA-Affiliated)

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration)

National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

988 - Suicide and Crisis Line The Lifeline and 988

Safety Materials By AA World Services

Temporarily Unavailable: Currently the Safety Materials by AAWS are under revision and should be be available again by the end of February 2022

“Safety and A.A. Flyer” (F-228)

Revisions to service material: The following service material has been revised to reflect recent shared experience:

“Safety and A.A.: Our Common Welfare” (SMF-209)

“Safety (Yellow) Card for A.A. Groups” (F-211)