A personal safety plan is important for minimising the risk to yourself and your children in the event of a family and domestic violence incident.
The Stirling Women's Centre can help your family develop a safety plan in relation to family domestic violence.


A sample personal safety plan would include the following elements:

  • Contact Crisis Care or the police and find out about legal and other resources available to you beforehand, in case you have to use them during a crisis
  • Identify safe areas of the house where there are no weapons and where there are escape routes. If arguments occur, try to move to those areas
  • Do not run to where the children are as you may also put them in danger
  • Have a list of emergency phone numbers on hand. Always have your mobile phone charged and know where it is. Do not be afraid to call the police
  • Tell someone you trust what is happening to you
  • Let your friends and neighbours know of your situation. Develop a plan for them to assist you if needed. This may include a signal such as turning the outside light on even during the day if you need help
  • Show your children how to get help (teach them how to dial 000, ask for police and know their home address)
  • Teach them how to seek help and not get involved in the violence between you and your partner
  • Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them to go. Reassure them that their job is to stay safe, not to protect you
  • Plan a code-word to tell the children that they should get help or leave the house
  • Practice how to get out safely with your children (keep the conversation practical like other safety conversations you may have around natural disaster planning, fire safety etc.)
  • Have a spare set of car keys hidden for when you may need to escape
  • If you have the opportunity, try to set money aside or ask friends or family members to hold money for you
  • Keep a written account of all violent incidences, noting dates, events and threats made if possible
  • If you have been injured, go to a doctor or an emergency room and report the incident. Ask for the information to be documented
  • Know where your closest local daytime and 24 hour Police stations are
  • Pack an emergency bag if needed include birth certificates, ID, keys, bank cards, passports, money and  USB with important documents on it
  • Teach your children that violence is never right, even when someone they love is being violent. Tell them that it is not their fault and they have not done anything to cause the violence.