24/7 Crisis Line

ACT (02) 6280 0900

Other States & Territories
1800 RESPECT

Staying safe at home after the relationship has ended:

Quick Escape

Staying safe at home after the relationship has ended

Some ideas to promote safety are:

  • Change the locks on doors and windows as soon as possible.
  • Installing locks to any man holes.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and purchase fire extinguishers for your home.
  • Install a motion sensitive lighting system outside that lights up when a person is coming close to your home.
  • Get an answering machine to screen your calls and report abusive calls to the telephone company and the police.
  • Buy a mobile phone.
  • Call Police if you see the person who has abused you near your home or if they threaten you or communicate with you in any other way.
  • Ask a neighbour to call Police if they see the person who has abused you or their vehicle near your home.
  • Teach your children how to use the telephone to call police or a trusted person if in danger.
  • Inform all the people who provide care for the children, who has permission to pick them up and who does not.

Affordable security options:

  • Putting wood dowel in windows so they can’t slide open.
  • Buying sensor lights that plug into existing light fittings.
  • Putting a chain and padlock around gates.
  • Placing slide bolts on man holes so it can’t be accessed via the roof.
  • Security chain on the front door.

Contact us

To access our crisis intervention services call our 24/7 crisis telephone line 02 6280 0900.  If it isn’t urgent another contact option is to email crisis@dvcs.org.au; this email is only monitored during business hours. You are welcome to call us reverse charges.  If you live outside the ACT please call 1800RESPECT.

We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations.  You do not need to give us your name, but if you do we make notes that we spoke to you.   If you are unsure, please let us know at the start of the call and we can tell you about our confidentiality policy.