Personal Safety Plan
The following safety planning steps may help you think about how you can plan to increase your safety and prepare in advance for the possibility of further violence and abuse.
Who to contact in a crisis:
|Police in an emergency: 999||Local police: 101|
|Samaritans : 01709361717||Women’s aid helpline : 0808 2000 247|
|Rotherham Rise : 0330 2020 571 office hours|
|Solicitor :||A friend:|
You may be living in your home where the perpetrator is no longer living but you may still be living in fear from further abuse. There are things that you can do to increase your safety in your own home.
It may not be possible to do everything at once, but safety measures can be added step by step.
How to keep yourself safe in your house?
- Do not answer your door unless you are sure you know who it is.
- Keep your mobile phone handy and make sure it is charged and has credit. You can still call 999 if you have not credit.
- You can call the Police every time the perpetrator turns up at your property. This will ensure the incident is logged and could help with future housing or legal proceedings.
- Teach your children how to use the telephone to make an emergency call to the Police.
- Think about the safest place you can go to in your house if you think you are going to be attacked, for example, a lockable room.
- Try to keep away from the kitchen or other rooms that may have weapons, if you think you are going to be attacked.
- Think about the safest and quickest exit from your house.
- If violence is unavoidable make yourself into a small target – curl up into a ball in a corner and use your arms to protect your face and head.
- If you need to leave your house quickly think about where you can put your purse and keys.
- Think about if there is someone you can arrange to have a code with, so when you call they can call for help.