Safety is extremely important and whether it is you and your children, a friend or family member that is experiencing violence it may be helpful to develop a safety plan in advance to avoid serious injury and to escape the violence either now or in the future.

Some things to consider may be:

  • Knowing the easiest escape routes from the house
  • Plan where you will go in advance (friend, family, refuge etc.)
  • Have the 24 hour Domestic Violence Line number (1800 656 463) memorised or in a place that is easy for you to access
  • Call the police as soon as itís safe to report the incident
  • Keep a small amount of money (taxi, bus, phone calls etc.), key cards, house keys, essential medications and important papers together in a safe place where you or a trusted friend can retrieve them quickly

Some important papers may consist of:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • AVOís
  • Family Court Orders
  • Passports (for you and your children)
  • Drivers Licence
  • Medicare/Centrelink cards
  • Bank Account numbers/bank statements/credit cards

Only tell friends or family members who you are sure you can trust about your plans.

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