Keeping safe

It is not always possible to think clearly when you are experiencing an incident of domestic abuse. The following advice can help you plan ahead and help keep you safe.

If you are living with your partner

  • Make a plan for your safety
  • Arrange to have a place to go
  • Have your own copies of important documents (birth certificates/passports)
  • Have important phone numbers available
  • Keep an overnight bag ready
  • Put aside money and spare keys
  • Consider keeping important possessions at a friend’s house
  • Agree a code word or action with a trusted friend to alert them when you’re in danger
  • Think about talking to your neighbours

During an incident

  • Get out if you can
  • Call for help or phone 999

If you can’t leave the situation

  • Avoid rooms with only one exit
  • Avoid the kitchen, bathroom and garage if possible
  • Call for help or phone 999