Your Safety

A safety plan helps you to be ready if you have to leave your home quickly or be ready to protect yourself during a violent incident. You may not need to use it but it is useful to be prepared and it can help you to feel safer. You could make a safety plan yourself or ask someone from a domestic violence service to help you.

Make a Safety Plan

Some things to consider in your safety plan are: Where will you go if you need to leave quickly — a friend or family member’s place, a hotel or a refuge? How will you get away — car, taxi, public transport, get someone to pick you up? Is there someone you can trust that can help you if you need to leave quickly? If there is, let them know about your safety plan and how you would like them to help you if you call. Perhaps work out a code word between you How much money would you need to get away in an emergency, for example you may need money for phone calls, transport or accommodation?

Prepare ahead of time:

  • Get a bag ready and hide it in a safe place.
  • Pack things like spare keys for the car and house, copies of important documents like your passport, bank details, property deeds, Medicare card, any important medication and details about your health etc.
  • If you have children, also pack any documents for them including their "Blue book".
  • If you need to, put aside enough money so you can leave quickly if you have to.
  • Teach your children appropriate parts of the safety plan, such as how to dial Triple Zero (000) or where to go in an emergency.
  • Ask your neighbours to call the police if they hear any violence occurring. 

In an emergency situation:

  • Try to call the police and tell them its an emergency.
  • Try to stay out of places where there are weapons such as the kitchen.
  • Try and stay in rooms where there is more than one exit.

Make sure you have a list of relevant phone numbers, such as the DV Line or another service that you are seeing about the violence. Go to a safe place. You might decide it is best to leave the place you live for a while. You could go to a safe place like a refuge. Refuges are safe houses that provide short-term accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence. Refuge workers offer counselling and emotional support as well as advocacy and assistance with legal, medical, housing, financial and other matters.

To find out more about refuges, contact the DV Line on 1800 65 64 63.

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