Safety Planning

Safety Plan Checklist

While in the Relationship

While in a violent relationship there are a number of things you can do to increase your safety.

  • Know your emergency contact numbers. You can call the Police on 000, or DVConnect on 1800 811 811 (1800 numbers don’t show up on phone bills but STD numbers do).
  • Consider escape routes from different rooms in your home.
  • Know where all your important paperwork is so you can find it in a hurry.
  • Hide a change of clothing for you and your children. Include all medications.
  • Set up a code word with friends and your children, to alert them to call for help.
  • Keep an extra key to your house and car.
  • Find someone you can trust and talk to them about what’s going on.
  • Contacting Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, on 3217 2544, or the Statewide Service (DVConnect) can be useful to discuss your safety plan and access support.

Planning to Leave the Relationship

Many individuals prefer to plan when they leave a relationship. When a relationship is violent you may only have a small amount of time to leave safely. It’s therefore important to be well-prepared for when that chance arises.

  • Identify a safe place to go.
  • Identify support services that are available to you
  • Collect all important paperwork e.g. birth and marriage certificates, immigration papers, deeds etc. and keep in a safe place. (You may want to take it to a friend’s house or another safe location outside of the home.)
  • Open a bank account in your own name and try to have some cash available.
  • Notify your children’s school or Day Care Centre of what you are planning to do and request this remain confidential.
  • Seek legal advice
  • Contact Centrelink. You can apply for income support prior to leaving and have this on hold until after you’ve left. You may also be able to access a crisis payment from Centrelink in the first week after you leave.

After You've Left

Leaving a violent relationship does not always mean the violence will stop. If you have not gone to stay in a safe location such as a refuge, you may need to take some extra safety precautions.

  • Contact your local Police station and let them know your situation.
  • Ensure your phone numbers are silent and always carry a mobile phone.
  • Notify your children’s School or Day Care Centre of the situation. Provide them with relevant documentation e.g. Domestic Violence Order (DVO), Family Court Orders, etc.
  • Have a password put on all your financial accounts, utilities accounts and with Centrelink.
  • If you have a DVO, carry it with you at all times.


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