Help Your Client to Develop a Safety Plan
Help her to decide now what she will do if the violence or abuse happens again. Do this even if you/she doesn’t think it will happen.
You can copy this list for your client or adapt the plan to suit the individual.
- Keep all important documents (or certified copies) in a safe place that will be easy to access in a hurry. Include birth certificates for you and your children, Medicare card, credit cards, key cards, passport, Centrelink information, a copy of your Apprehended Violence Order and bail conditions if he has been charged
- Keep some money in a safe place if you need to get away quickly and include some coins or a phone card so you can make phone calls
- Do you have spare car and house keys? Think about getting some made and putting them in a safe place
- Prepare hand luggage for you and the children with just the essentials so that you can move quickly if you need to
- Help your child to identify people they trust to call or talk to. Give them phone numbers to call at times when they feel unsafe
- Ask friends or neighbours to call the police if they hear any suspicious noises coming from your home
- Ask a friend or co worker to support you if, or when, you decide to leave
- Plan where you will go if you have to leave
- Plan where your pets can be cared for temporarily
- Do not try to fight back if he becomes angry or snappy, especially if he is drunk or affected by drugs. Instead get out of the house. If you cannot leave safely, keep your back towards an open space not a corner
- In an emergency, call 000 to get the police
- Ask the police about an urgent Provisional (Protection) Order (AVO)
- At any time you can contact the Domestic Violence Crisis Line to receive information and support.
Domestic Violence Crisis Line:
1800 656 463 (24/7)