If you’re feeling unsafe, threatened or afraid of your partner or family member, creating a safety plan can help:
- If you are at risk of immediate harm call 999. Try to leave the property, go to a neighbour or into a public space.
- Keep your phone charged, or your charger to hand.
- Keep money aside for transport or emergency accommodation.
- Teach your children how and when to call 999 and what to say, i.e. name and address.
- Consider leaving some personal belongings, including any medication, with a trusted friend
- Keep important documents such as birth/marriage certificates, immigration papers, bank details or benefit information in a safe place, or give copies to a trusted friend
- Be careful not to leave clues about your plans
- Identify someone you trust (family member/employer/friend) to check in with you and agree a code word; should you need to use it, it means you are unsafe and need assistance.