There are ways to make you safer in the event of a violent situation occurring. As everyone’s situation is different, we make a few suggestions:
- Decide how you will leave – car, on foot, call a friend
- Decide where you will go – friend or family, neighbour or Police
- Consider packing an overnight bag and hiding it in your car, or wardrobe. You might consider packing it in an unused rubbish bag at the back of your wardrobe so it looks like a bag of old clothes
- Make sure your mobile phone is charged and on your person. You don’t need to speak to Police, just making the call and saying nothing is enough to raise the alarm, but keep the call active
- If you are concerned about your car keys, purse and other necessary items being taken, store them in a secure place that you can access in a hurry
- If you feel comfortable talking to your neighbours, do. Ask them to call Police if they hear suspicious noises coming from your home
- Consider creating a code word with your friends/family and/or children so that they know when to call for help
In the event a situation begins to escalate, try to move to a space that poses the lowest risk of injury in case you need to escape. For example, being near an unlocked door, away from glass tables, being on the ground floor of the home. It is best to avoid being locked in a room if the person using violence is capable of breaking in.
Please contact us here should you wish to discuss your options further. You can contact us anonymously. We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations, but we do record that we spoke to you. This record can be made anonymously. If you are unsure, please speak to our crisis workers at the commencement of the call.