What is Abuse?

The Safety Plan

Protection planning is very important, since leaving a relationship can sometimes lead the abuser to become more dangerous because he sees control over his victim disappearing. Women who are at risk of violence by their partners are strongly advised to develop a personalized safety plan as a first step in protecting themselves and their children. The following will help you create your plan –

  • Know the quickest route out of your home. Practice escaping that way.
  • Know the quickest route out of your workplace. Practice escaping that way.
  • Know the route to shelters, police stations, hospitals, fire stations and public places/stores opened 24 hours a day
  • Pack a bag and have it ready. Keep it somewhere where it is hidden but easy to grab.
  • Tell your neighbours about the abuse and ask them to call the police if they hear a disturbance.
  • Have a code word to use with your children, family and friends. They will know to call the police and get you help.
  • Teach your children how to reach help (e.g dialing 911, going to a neighbour) in an emergency situation.
  • Use your instincts.
  • Plan in advance where you would go in an emergency and how to get there. Take the following with you: identification, health records, money, bank/credit cards, keys, medication, legal papers, important phone numbers, jewelry/photos/sentimental items, a few items of clothing and favourite toys/blankets.