If you are worried about how a partner or ex-partner is treating you there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your children.
You may not want to leave your relationship at this time. Whether you decide to end the relationship or not, it is important to look after yourself and get support. Women’s Aid can help you devise a safety plan to protect yourself and your children from harm.
Remember, you don’t have to be hit to be hurt and you don’t have to leave to get help.
Should you decide to leave, here are some suggestions for staying safe:
- think of a safe place to go if an argument occurs; avoid rooms with no exits (bathroom) or rooms with weapons (kitchen)
- think about and make a list of safe people to call – memorise all important numbers
- establish a code word or sign so that family, friends, teachers or coworkers know when to call for help
- store important papers (birth certificates, medical cards, passports) in a safe place
- save money secretly and keep change with you at all times
- leave keys with a friend
- hide some medication if you or your children need it
- create an excuse to slip away