Keeping Yourself Safe
How to enhance your safety?
- Talk to someone you can trust.
- Make a short list of people you can call in an emergency (e.g. '999', etc.).
- Think ahead of how to escape.
- If you are being attacked or bullied, avoid going into rooms with no exits or rooms that can be opened easily (e.g. bathrooms) or rooms with dangerous objects (e.g. knives).
- Know all ways of escaping from your place of stay.
- Keep all important documents together in a safe place.
- Protection Order (if applicable).
- Legal and identity documents.
- Financial documents and information (check books, bank books, etc.).
- If you have to leave your partner, keep yourself safe:
- You do not need to feel coerced or pressured to respond to his/her phone calls.
- If you must meet your partner, agree to meet in a public place.
- Change your routine (where you take your bus, your work shift, etc.).
- You may need to contact a specialist organisation for family or interpersonal violence or a family ervice centre to help to arrange for a place of safety for you.