A Safety Plan focuses on the things you can do in advance to be better prepared in case you have to leave an abusive situation. If you are in immediate danger call 911 and leave immediately.
Contact The Women’s Centre Grey Bruce, Crisis Line @
519-371-1600 or Toll Free @ 1-800-265-3722. Let the staff know that you intend to leave an abusive situation and ask for support in safety planning.
Where to Start
Request a police escort
or ask a friend,
neighbour or family member to accompany you when you leave.
When speaking with
the police, you can request a police officer that specializes
in abuse cases.
DO NOT tell your partner you are leaving.
Consult a lawyer. The Women's Centre Grey Bruce can provide a list of legal resources.
Things you can do to prepare
Keep any evidence
of physical abuse,
such as photos.
Keep a journal of all violent incidents, noting dates, events, threats and any witnesses.
Remember to clear your phone of the last number you called to avoid the abuser utilizing redial.
Have a back-up plan if your partner finds out where you're going.
If you are injured, go to a doctor, emergency room or a clinic and report what happened to you. Ask medical officials to document your visit.
Change address with Canada Post – ensure notice does NOT to come to your present address.
Open a bank account in your own name and arrange that no bank statements or calls be made to you. Or, arrange that mail be sent to a friend or family member.
Plan your emergency exits. Think about safe areas of the house where there are no weapons and where there are at least two ways to escape.
Plan and rehearse
the steps you will take if you have to leave quickly.
Learn them well.
Never lock yourself in the bathroom. Keep yourself between your partner and your emergency escape if you feel you may need to get out safely.