LWA

Safety Planning

If you are in immediate danger call 999 

If you are in an abusive relationship, you can take some steps to improve your safety:

  • Think of someone you can talk to about what is happening; perhaps a doctor, manager at work, helpline, friend or teacher
  • Teach your children how to call 999 in an emergency, and tell them what they would need to say (their full name, address and telephone number)
  • Make a record of what is happening - if it is safe to do so - and keep it somewhere safe
  • If the abuser does not live with you, think about getting help to make your home more secure. Your local domestic abuse service may be able to help with this (find your local service here).
  • Think about escape routes and transport to get away in a hurry
  • Find somewhere safe and secure you could go to - even if it’s only for a few hours or days
  • Try to keep a mobile phone on you, charged and with credit
  • Carry a list of emergency numbers; relatives, friends, helplines etc...
  • Keep some money and a set of house (and car) keys in a safe place you can easily get to
  • Keep copies of important papers (passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates, court orders)
  • Agree a code word with your children so they know to leave or get help
  • If you have a trusted friend or family member, agree a code word with them to raise the alarm