We can help you to be safer, whether you are planning to leave or if you have separated but are staying in your home.
Here are some safety guidelines you can use to help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best ways to react when you or your children are in harm’s way. They can help you think about your immediate needs and how to plan for your future.
If you’re thinking about leaving, we encourage you to make a plan and be cautious in how you use it. You will be the best judge of when it is the safest time to leave. Never tell the person you fear you are thinking of leaving. If the time is right to leave, just go – even if you have not had time to prepare. You and your children’s safety is the most important thing. Here are some safety guidelines you can use when planning to leave.
Where possible, bring as many of these items as you can. It will help us too, but if you can’t locate anything, don’t let that stop you from contacting us or leaving if in danger. Remember your safety is the most important thing.
Here’s a checklist of items to try and bring when you leave:
If age appropriate tell your children as much as they need to know to be safe, but don’t tell them your plans. Keep them to yourself until you are ready to put them into action. Teach your children their address, how to speak to a school teacher and how to call 000 and speak to the police. Plan with them what they should do in an emergency – where they should go and what they should do to be safe.
Make sure your children know which other adults they can talk to if they feel scared or upset.
This is a guide to help you think about how to plan your children’s safety.