- Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Service: 1800 800 098
- For more information on the definition of an abusive relation visit Reachout.com
Getting Away Safely
Setting up a safety plan is useful and allows you the freedom to leave at the drop of a hat.
A safety plan might include having an emergency bag of belongings that you can leave with someone you trust.
Setting up a code word that lets your friends and family know when you feel unsafe. This way, if you feel worried about your safety, all you need to do is call someone that you have shared the word with, and speak that one word. It’s simple, quick and easy, and can have someone on their way to your place in no time at all.
Children can also be given the code word as a warning if a quick exit is needed.
Decide on the best exit from your home. This may be a window or a door, and always have a safe hiding place for your spare car key.
Always ensure you have emergency numbers programmed into your phone.
If you feel like you are in danger, speak to the police about your options.
You can find a detailed safety plan by visiting Relationships Australia
Resources once you’ve broken free
There are a number of legal, financial and emotional resources available to you, both before and after you have left your relationship.
Legal: Lawstuff – for information about your rights and the law as it applies to you.
Financial: Centrelink can provide crisis payments in times of distress. If you are financially dependent on your partner, they can also help you with payments until you find work.
Physical: If you have been hurt or injured by your partner, please seek immediate medical assistance. And please, always remember that you are not alone and help is always available.