A safety plan will help you protect yourself and your children by being prepared for situations that might happen because there are things you can do to increase your own and your children’s safety.
It will help you to be safer at home or if you decide to leave.
Safety Planning Tips
- Keep with you any important telephone numbers such as your local domestic violence service; the police domestic violence unit; your GP; your children’s school; your solicitor.
- Teach your children to call 999 in an emergency, and how to say their full name, address and telephone number.
- Arrange for a safe place to go in an emergency such as family/ friends. Do you have neighbours you can trust? Could you go there in an emergency? Consider telling them what is going on and ask them to call the police if they hear anything that worries them.
- Make up an emergency bag with essential toiletries, clothing, comfort items for children, prescription medication, cash, extra set of keys and a charger for your phone. Leave these with someone you trust.
- Rehearse an escape plan, so that in an emergency you and the children can get away safely.
- If you are planning to leave your partner, make sure that important documents like passports, driving licence and benefit information are kept in a place that you can get to easily but where your partner will not find them.
- Always try and keep a small amount of money on you for the phone and for bus fares.
- Keep your credit or debit card with you if you have one.
- Know where the nearest phone is and if you have a mobile phone try to keep it with you.
- Think about which room Is the safest to go to if you think you might be attacked. If possible, go to a room where there is a telephone or a way out of the house. Stay away from the kitchen or other dangerous areas such as the garage. If an altercation occurs, try and position yourself closest to the doorway.
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