What is a personal Safety Plan?
A Personal Safety Plan is a checklist which helps you to think about how to be safer when you are experiencing domestic abuse or thinking about leaving an abusive situation.
Why do I need a personal Safety Plan?
You canít stop someone from behaving in an abusive way, only they can choose to stop.
You can do some things to help protect yourself and your family, you may already be doing some things that help to keep you safe.
Being as safe as you can is about looking at the dangers (risks) and planning how to make them less dangerous, where possible.
What dangers could I try to plan against?
Many victims of domestic violence say that they know when something is going to happen, in this case you could:
- Think about being in a safer room Ė not a kitchen/ bathroom/ garage etc. where there may be dangerous objects around.
- Think about being where there is a way out, for if you need to escape.
- Keep a spare key on you, or somewhere you can get to it quickly and easily.
- Make sure there are no objects blocking the way to a door out.
- Keep your mobile charged up and in a safe, easy to get to place, so you can phone for help.
- Have some emergency money for bus fares somewhere safe and easy to get hold of.
Can someone help me with my Personal Safety Plan?
A Personal Safety Plan is something you can do yourself, however, It may not be safe for you to have a printed or written copy of the safety plan in your house but you could still take some of the ideas from the safety plan to put in place and find a safe place for you to store the phone numbers you may need in an emergency?
An NDWA worker can help you to do your plan.
Any other worker that is involved with you or your family could help you to do a Personal Safety Plan.
An NDWA worker can also carry out a risk assessment with you to highlight the risk factors in your relationship and to help you to think through your options to reduce these risks.