Safety Planning

Creating a safety Plan can assist in protection from domestic violence. There are a number of ways that you can keep safe.

Safety and Technology

Call Logs

If you wish to make a call and do not want it to be seen (for example you call the domestic violence helpline), you can delete your call log on your mobile phone

Delete Internet History

If you are looking for information about domestic violence and your options about how to cope with it, or perhaps you might be researching alternative accommodation, new jobs or travel tickets, in order to leave. It is important that you delete your history. If your partner finds this he could be offended as he may genuinely think he is not violent (even though he has left his mark on you before) and this can result in a violent outbreak towards you in order to stop you from involving other people or leaving. In fact the best thing you can do is to use a friend’s computer, or go to the library

Mobiles/ Tablets and tracking devices

Many smart phones are equipped with GPS tracking in the event that you either lose it or it is stolen. When you leave turn off your GPS, data and Wi-Fi capabilities to prevent this

Internet Banking, Emails & Social Media

Log on and change your passwords, remember if you want to leave without telling your partner, remember to delete the history, this way he suspects nothing. Disconnect your partner from your social media accounts, don’t forget to also disconnect his relatives and associates (on Facebook you can delete your ‘friends’ or you can ‘block’ them, this is your choice). Remember in security preferences to turn off your geological tag (that is where you are when you post or upload photos)

Safety and the Home

  • Keep a ‘go bag’ with spare car keys, money, a spare phone (with numbers programmed including DV Connect 1800 811 811), medication/ scripts, clothes (for you & kids) and important papers (copy of birth certificate, bank statements, other ID). Remember keep it in an accessible area
  • Work out who your support network is and talk to someone about the violence
  • Tell a trusted neighbour about violence and tell them to call the police if they hear disturbances from your house
  • Decide in the event of an emergency where you will go, a 24hr police station, friend, family member or women’s refuge
  • If you plan to leave, gather information about Centrelink, finances, support available and seek legal advice
  • Develop a simple safety plan with your children so they know what to do when domestic violence occurs at home. This could be running to a trusted neighbour in your street or simply meeting where your evacuation point is if there is a fire

In Physically Violent Scenarios

  • Stay away from rooms with weapons and rooms with hard surfaces such as the kitchen and bathroom
  • Avoid rooms with no external exits such as a window or door to outside
  • Memorise the quickest and easiest escape route and ensure there are no obstacles

Safety after Separation

  • Change the locks on all doors AND windows
  • Install security screens, sensor lights and if affordable; perhaps a security camera
  • Check smoke detectors and extinguishers
  • Increase safety of where you park your vehicle, get an automatic garage door opener, add more sensor lights and trim or remove shrubs and bushes
  • Tell your neighbours your partner no longer lives with you and to please contact the police if he is seen around the house
  • Change your mobile number and landline number

Keep your contact details secret

  • Open new bank and phone accounts, the old records may show your location
  • Have mail redirected to a post office for some time, perhaps even get a post office box
  • Change your vehicle registration
  • Change your name (in extreme circumstance)
  • Obtain a new Tax File Number, Medicare Number, Centrelink Reference Number
  • Notify school of circumstances and discuss information recorded on “One School” if a school transfer is necessary
  • Remember to seek legal advice

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