Reducing the risk to you – safety planning

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you will need to consider reducing the risk to yourself from the person who is abusing. We recommend that you consider making a safety plan. This will help you to prepare in advance for times when you may be in danger or are being physically or verbally abused.

  • Keep a record of dates and times of all incidents
  • If you have been injured, get medical attention from Accident and Emergency (A & E) or your GP and they will make notes of your injuries
  • Keep your phone fully charged and on you at all times and your credit topped up – in case you need to make emergency calls. Remember that calls to the Police, 999 and to The Live Fear Free Helpline, 0808 80 10 800 are free
  • Tell a friend, family member or someone you trust about what’s been happening
  • Keep your passport and copies of important documents in a safe place (or with a friend or relative you trust)
  • Think about telling your employer about your situation
  • Always report the violence or criminal damage to the Police
  • Contact us at CALAN DVS – we can help you

“Do not retaliate – it’s not safe.”

If you are frightened, or in danger, call the Police on 999


If you are at home and you are being threatened or attacked:

  • Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives there)
  • Stay away from small rooms or spaces where the abuser can trap you
  • Get to a room with a door or window in case you get a chance to escape
  • Get to a room with a telephone so that you can call for help, if possible lock your abuser out
  • Call 999 and ask for the Police
  • Ensure a friend or neighbour knows about the abuse in case you need to call them or stay with them
  • If a Police Officer comes, tell him/her what happened and ensure you are not left alone with the abuser
  • Get medical help if you are hurt or injured
  • Take photos of the bruises or injuries
  • Put your handbag, keys and money in a safe accessible place so that they can be grabbed in a hurry
  • Plan where to go in an emergency and have an alternative route
  • Keep or learn a list of important phone numbers e.g. police public protection investigation unit, outreach worker, solicitor, doctor, school etc. In an emergency always dial 999