If you are experiencing domestic abuse, the tips below can help you stay safe when you are at home with the perpetrator.
Things to consider
- Plan escape routes out of your property, if the perpetrator comes in the front door, how do you get out?
- Set up a code word with your friends and family. If they call they know when you are in trouble.
- Keep with you any important and emergency telephone numbers: eg Police DV unit, 24-hour domestic abuse helplines, emergency contacts.
- Are there neighbours you can trust? If so ask them to contact the police if they hear anything.
- Pack an emergency bag for yourself and the children. Hide it somewhere safe away from the house, maybe with a friend you can trust.
- Keep a small amount of money on you at all times – including change for the bus or phone.
- Keep your mobile phone on you and charged, with credit, at all times. If this is not possible, can you hide one somewhere?
- If you suspect he or she is about to become violent, try to avoid the kitchen or garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons.
- Avoid locking yourself in small rooms, especially bathrooms. Always try and get out of the property.
- Give your friends or family a spare key to your house, if you are locked in they can help you escape.