Your Children's Safety
Increase your children's safety by explaining that they should never get involved in an incident, even if they want to help.
- Show them how to use the telephone to dial 999, ask for the police, and state their address; Make up a code word that you can use when you need help
- Show them how to get out of the house safely
- Tell them where they can go to ask for help
If you are considering leaving your abuser
Increase your safety, if you are considering leaving your abuser:
- Think about a few places you could go if you leave your home
- Think about people who can help you if you leave
- Open a bank account or get a credit card in your name
- Consider the ways how you might leave. Practice how you would leave.
It is important to think how you could take your children with you safely. Sometimes taking children might put all of your lives in danger. Remember you need to protect yourself to be able to protect your children.
Put together a bag of things that you use every day and hide it where it is easy for you to get to it. If you think your abuser might find it, it is better not to have a bag or leave it with a neighbour or at a friend's house.
Remember to take everything you will need with you, including any important documents (passport, bank/credit cards) relating to yourself and your children, as you may not be able to return later.