If you are facing domestic violence, it is important to prepare safety plan in advance so that you get out of the home safely and quickly if necessary. It is helpful to work through five steps, even if things are going smoothly.
1. Consider Some Important Issues While Ending Domestic Violence
There are some things to think in advance before leaving. Here are some examples:
Where can you go to make a telephone call? Choose a safe place where you can stay in an emergency. This may be your relative or friend, a hotel, a B&B or a woman’s refuge. Keep the telephone number of the safe place in a safe place.
How to get to the safe place? Decide how you will get there at different times of the day and night. Consider having the number of a local taxi firm;
What to tell the children, and how to tell it to them, when you need to put the safety, plan into action? Do it to avoid shock and diminish the trauma that your children can experience.
Use the National FREE Helpline is 1800 341900 which operates 24 hours.
2. Write Down Important Details And Keep That In a Safe Place
Before ending the relationship with domestic violence, you have to have all the important information at hand. Some of them will be very important:
- Your family’s essential medicines;
- Your Child Benefit Book Number;
- Important phone numbers e.g. the GP’s number;
- Your PRSI/PPS or Claim Number.
*Information relevant to the Republic of Ireland. In a case of the UK, the US or the other country the documents related to certificates will have different names.
3. Collect Together the Necessary Items
Hide them somewhere you can get to them in a hurry. It may be a good idea to put them in a bag and store it with a friend. You will need:
- Enough money to get to a safe place by bus or taxi;
- An extra set of keys for your home and car;
- Extra clothes for you and your children.
4. Think About Where You Can Find Important Items In a Hurry
You are the victim of domestic violence. Therefore, apart from the information like phone numbers and means to leave the abusive partner, you also need:
- School uniforms and some of your children’s things;
- Essential medicines;
- Documents necessary for social welfare which require personal identification and evidence to assess your entitlement
5. Discuss Your Safety Plan With a Trusted Friend
In this way, they can support you if you need to put it into action. Remember to keep your safety plan in a safe place. Ideally, it should be somewhere where you can get it quickly if you need to leave in a hurry. Remember that in a case of domestic violence your partner can do anything to get you back and punish for the attempt of leaving. Be wiser than him.
Even if you are not planning to leave your abusive partner, bear in mind that one of your friends may tackle this challenge. Recommend them this blog and leave your comment under this post. Thank you. Have a nice day