If you are in a violent relationship, safety should be your first concern. Here are some basic steps for a Safety Plan that can help you. Please call the Portage Family Abuse Prevention Centre Crisis Line (204) 239-5233 or Toll Free 1-877-977-0007 for more assistance in developing a Safety Plan or a plan to leave.
EMERGENCY SAFETY PLAN
- An escape route out of the house.
- A way to call 911.
- Teaching the children to dial 911.
- A bag packed with clothes, money, spare keys, ID and copies of important information like birth certificates, medical and school records that is kept in a safe place or with friends.
- A Safe, Secret place to go. (This can be a friend’s or relative’s home that he does not know where they live, motel or shelter.)
- List of important phone numbers: such as Police, Shelter, Counsellors, Relatives, or Friends.
- Incorporate with the following Safety Plan:
- Leave a copy of the Protection Order at your child’s school and your friends and family.
- Keep a log every time your Abuser contacts you.
- Keep a cell phone with you all all times. Even cell phones without service can call 911.
- If your Abuser violates the Protection Order, call the Police immediately.
- Do not talk with your Abuser or let him in the home.
- You can go to Court and ask for an Order to show Cause if he continually violates the Order.
EMERGENCY SAFETY PLAN (PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE SPECIFIC)
- Move to a room with easy access to an Exit. Don’t go to the Kitchen, Bathroom, or near possible Weapons.
- Know the quickest route out of your home. Practice escaping that way.
- Know the quickest route out of your workplace. Practice escaping that way. Domestic Violence does not just occur in your home.
- Pack a bag and have it ready. Keep it hidden but make it easy to grab quickly.
- Tell your Neighbours about your abuse and ask them to call the police when they hear a disturbance.
- Have a code word to use with your kids, family and friends. They will know to call the Police and get you help.
- Know where you are going to go, if you ever have to leave.
- Use your instincts.
- You have the right to protect yourself and your kids.Remember there is always someone who can help you. You are never alone.
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