Safety planning and planning to leave a domestic violence situation

Safety planning and planning to leave a domestic violence situation

What you can do to keep safe

Safety planning means thinking about things that can help keep you safe when living with violence or abuse.

The 1800RESPECT checklist has suggestions you may want to consider when making your safety plan or if you are planning to leave.

Other ideas include:

  • Changing the locks if the perpetrator leaves your home to make sure they can’t come in.
  • If you need to break a lease, you can usually do so without penalty if you have:
  • If you suspect that the perpetrator is monitoring you using technology, it is possible and likely. The government initiative eSafetyWomen has resources and tools available to help women manage technology risks and abuse, and feel confident when online.
  • Trust your instincts.

You can get help making a safety plan from 1800RESPECT. Call 1800 737 732 or join the online chat.

Perpetrators can be persistent and creative in maintaining control. They often misuse technology for this purpose, so it’s a good idea to incorporate technology safety into any plan you make. 

There are also services that can help you to stay in your home and remove the person making you feel unsafe

Support services

If you or your children are in danger, call triple zero (000). It is available 24/7. Police will attend your home, workplace or the place of the incident and help you to stay safe from abusive and threatening behaviour.

An ambulance can be called to assist with injury. Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse are not required to pay a fee for an ambulance.

There are many services that can provide you with the support you need


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Last updated: Tuesday, 9 July 2019