Planning for your safetyIf you are a victim of family violence your safety is a priority. Developing a safety plan is important if you are in relationship with someone who uses violent or controlling behaviours toward you; or if you are preparing to leave that relationship; or when you have left and are living safely after separation. You may have other people to include in your safety plan, such as your children or extended family members.
You can contact a family violence service for assistance with making a safety plan or you can do you own. Remember to be mindful of your safety while preparing a safety plan.
For a copy of a Safety Plan in Easy English please click here to download.
Some of the things you will need to think about for a Safety Plan are:1. Emergency contact numbers:
24/7 Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre 9322 3555 1800 015 188
How are you going to tell that person you need help?
Have code word for help
Keep their number in your mobile phone
This could be a trusted person, family or 24/7 police stations
Rehearse an escape plan
Where can you access money in an emergency?
Keep some cash handy
If possible get a new phone
Be wary of phones that the perpetrator of family violence has had access too. This includes phones given to children
Use the block my number feature on yours and your children’s phone
Use the Caller ID feature
Regularly clear the recently dialled number log
Dial a “safe” number after contacting family violence services if using a land line
A phone card
Use a computer the perpetrator of family violence does not have access to
Create a new email or instant messaging accounts
Change passwords & pin numbers
Be aware of the risk of sharing information in online networks
Use the safety features on family violence websites that prevent the tracing of viewed pages
Talk to children, friends and family about online safety
Be wary of opening attachments & links by unknown sources or the perpetrator of family violence
Other legal papers
Tax File Number
Keep spare copies of these documents in a sealed plastic container with your trusted person
Clothing packed for an emergency9. Medication:
Clothing packed for an emergency
Toys and books
A favourite comfort toy
Any medication they may need
Intervention Orders or Family Court Orders for the children
Do they need their own safety plan?
Any pet care things
Consider and address any barriers that might prevent you from implementing your safety plan