Safety plan tip sheet
** Please make the following lists of safety tips available to the client/patient who has been a victim of violence.**
SAFETY TIPS DURING AN EXPLOSIVE INCIDENT
- If an argument is unavoidable, try to have it in a room with an exit.
- Try to avoid the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere where weapons might be available
- Identify the nearest window, door, stairwell or elevator
- Practice getting out of your home safely
- Have a bag packed and keep it at a friend’s or relative’s home
- Ask a neighbor you can trust to call the police if they hear a disturbance coming from your home.
- Devise a code to use with your children, family, friends and neighbors when you want them to call the police.
- If you judge the situation to be extremely dangerous, give the abuser what he wants
- Review the safety plan often
- Always remember that you don’t deserve to be hurt or threatened
SAFETY PLANNING WHEN PREPARING TO LEAVE
- Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents, extra medicines and clothes with someone you trust so that you can leave as quickly as possible
- Decide and plan where you will go if you have to leave
- Keep the shelter number (403) 793-2232 close at hand for emergency phone calls
- Review your safety plan often
- Remember that the time when you leave a batterer may be the most dangerous period of your life. Do not be afraid to call the police if you fear for your safety
ITEMS YOU SHOULD TRY TO GET BEFORE LEAVING
- Marriage /Separation Doc’s
- Birth Certificates
- Mortgage Documents
- Tax returns
- Driver’s License
- Health Insurance
- Health Records & Medications
- Significant Toy for each Child
- Phone Numbers of Supports (i.e.: friends, family, police, Alberta Employment and Immigration, shelters, crisis lines)
- S.I.N Card School Records
- Mail Box Key
SAFETY WITH A RESTRAINING ORDER
- Keep your restraining order with you at all times. Give a copy to a trusted neighbor. Call the police if your partner breaks the order. Think of alternative ways to keep safe if the police cannot respond immediately.
- Inform family, friends and neighbors, schools and daycares that you have a restraining order in effect.
- Remember, the restraining order is only part of your safety plan. It will not stop your partner if he/she really wants to harm you. Do not neglect the other safety tips.
SAFETY IN YOUR HOME
- Stay out of areas where you might be cornered.
- Stay out of areas where there is easy access to weapons.
- Discuss a safety plan with your children for when you are not with them.
- Give the school/daycare center the names of individuals who are allowed to pick up your children.
- If your partner is o longer living with you, change the locks on the doors as soon as possible.
- Inform neighbors and the landlord that your partner no longer lives with you.