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Creating a safty plan
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Creating a Safety Plan

A safety plan is a set of actions that can be taken by victims of domestic abuse to increase their safety and that of their children, by minimising the risk of abuse by their abuser. 

Domestic abuse includes any form of physical abuse (including being threatened with violence), sexual abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, economic abuse (including being prevented from working or from accessing one’s finances) or any other controlling or abusive behaviour. This includes stalking, harassment, and intimidation.

If you have experienced or believe there is a possibility of experiencing any of the above, a safety plan can help you plan for all eventualities, and to consider your options.

A safety plan means considering how to increase your safety if you are living with the abuser, leaving the abuser, or experiencing an attack.

What does a safety plan for domestic violence entail?

Whatever safety tips you include need to work for you in your situation. They may include:

  • Identifying safe friends and safe places. (You may choose to leave your essential items, an emergency bag, records of abusive incidents and so on, at this safe place)
  • Keeping records of abusive incidents
  • Collecting information on your legal rights and support organisations
  • Having easy access to essential items (for example your ID, children’s birth certificates, work permit, court papers or certified copies of these documents. Also try to have some cash available)

If you are in or are planning to leave a violent relationship, it is helpful to make a domestic violence escape plan first. If possible, talk to someone you trust about your plan. 

Leaving an abusive relationship may encompass:

  • Including your children in the plan.
  • Identifying a safe place for them to go to so that they remain safe.
  • Planning the safest time to get away. Knowing how you will leave.
  • Knowing where you will go and how long you will be able to stay there.
  • Having a prepackaged bag containing essential items, important documents, cash, cell phone data, clothes, medication etc., waiting for you at your destination or at a halfway point.
  • Know where you can get help by contacting POWA on 0116424345 for a list of safe spaces near you. If you cannot make time to contact POWA, go to your nearest police station and ask them to contact a relevant NGO or support organisation for help or to lay a criminal charge and/or apply for a protection order.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has created a useful document called “My Safety Plan against Domestic Violence This booklet provides helpful step-by-step information on preparing your domestic violence safety plan.