Safety Plans

Safety Planning

An essential role of NQDVRS is to provide Community Education and Training on Domestic Violence issues.

It may be helpful to set up some safety plans for you and your children. It is important that you don’t let your partner see the plan, but it is a good idea to talk about it with someone you trust that is close to you.

During an incident of violence at home you will want to do everything you can to avoid serious injury.

  • Leave if you can.
  • Know the easiest escape routes doors, windows etc.
  • Know where you’re going to go.
  • Have a safe place arranged that is known to yourself and your children if possible.
  • Identify a neighbor you can tell about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your house. Develop a code between you.
  • Teach the children to call 000 and practice what to say.
  • Call the Police as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Have the refuge referral number of 1800 811 811 memorised or easy to find.

During an incident of violence at home you will want to do everything you can to avoid serious injury.

  • Determine where you will go for safety; friends, family or women’s refuge. Always try to take the children with you
  • Keep a small amount of cash to make emergency calls, key cards, keys, essential medications and important papers together in a place where you can get them quickly or have someone else retrieve them. You may wish to have a copy of these left with someone you trust. Remember, if you do leave you can always request police to accompany you back to the house to get your personal possessions.
  • Make your own list (Birth certificates, marriage certificate, copies of Domestic Violence Orders, custody papers, passports, any identification papers, drivers licence, insurance policies, work and Income documents, Centrelink number, Medicare number, bank account details and statements, cheque book, cash cards, immigration documentation, adoption papers, medical and legal records, etc).