There are times when you may need to leave home quickly to keep safe.
In an emergency:
• If you can, dial 999.
• Always know where the nearest phone is and if you have a mobile phone, try to keep it with you and keep it charged.
• If you think that your partner is about to attack you, try and move to a place where there is a way out of the room and access to a telephone.
• Avoid the kitchen, garage or bathroom where there are likely to be knives or other weapons.
If you think you may need to leave quickly at sometime, prepare for it.
• Pack an emergency bag of clothes, toiletries and medication.
• Remember to include some of your children’s favourite toys and objects.
• Take important documents, e.g. birth certificates, marriage certificates, bank cards, passport, medical cards, any legal papers, and letters from the Home Office.
• Evidence of income e.g. benefit details, utility bills, payslips etc.
• Have money for a taxi or bus.
• Have extra keys for your home and car.
• Have essential phone numbers, for example:
Falkirk Women’s Aid: 01324 635661
24 Hour Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234
Police Domestic Abuse Unit: 01324 574905
• Consider having all of the above stored at a friend or relative’s house if it is not safe to have a packed bag in the house.
• Plan when it will be safe to leave when the abuser is not around.
• If you have any children, consider when it would be safe to discuss the move with them.
• Teach them to phone 999 in an emergency and practice what they would need to say ie full name and address.
• Teach them it is important to keep safe when there is abuse.
• Tell them not to get between you and your partner if there is violence.
• Plan a code word to signal they should get help or leave.
• Rehearse an escape plan, so in an emergency you and the children can get away safely.
I would not have survived without you I would have died.
Women's Aid service user