Safety Plan

If you have experienced violence in the home, you and your children may have to leave in a hurry. There are a number of things you can do to be prepared in case you decide that you must leave.

Actions

In considering your Domestic Violence Safety Plan you can:

  • have a bag ready with things you will need (see 'emergency suitcase' below). Hide it, or give it to a trusted friend or family member to keep for you
  • have a code word that you can use via the phone, sms or social media that tells a friend, family or colleagues that you feel unsafe and need assistance
  • decide on the best way to leave the house (which door and windows) if you need to leave in a hurry
  • think about where you will go if you have to leave in a hurry, know where the nearest police station is
  • ask neighbours to call the police if they hear a commotion from the house (or you use your code word)
  • keep your phone charged and have the phone number of a domestic violence crisis service in a safe place
  • if you are feeling worried, have someone check in with you at agreed times, or call them at agreed times.

You can get assistance to develop a safety plan that suits your particular situation. Contact a local domestic violence support service for advice.

    Emergency suitcase

    You might not be able to have your Medicare or other important documents hidden away, but you can take a photocopy or scan them.

    If you keep it at home, your bag should be light and safely hidden but easy to grab.  If it is with a family member or friend you can put more in it.

    Important things to take include:

    • cash you've been able to put aside (if you have other money in a bank account only you can access, that's a bonus)
    • forms of identification like Centrelink and child support documents, birth certificates, marriage certificate, passports, bank details, legal documents (restraining orders and family law documents)
    • a medications list, spare scripts and medical or immunisation records
    • spare house and car keys
    • a recent photo of your ex-partner
    • rental or mortgage documents and insurance documents
    • address book and important phone numbers (family, friends, school, refuge, domestic violence support agency, your workplace)
    • anything else that is essential to your or your children's well-being.

    When possible you can also include basic toiletries, clothing, toys for children, items of sentimental value.

     

    1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

    Police Emergency 000

     

    Relationships Australia State and Territory websites

    The views or opinions expressed in this information are general in nature and do not constitute professional advice. You may benefit from professional help to deal with individual and complex issues.