Planning to Leave Safely

Plan Safety

If you are in a domestic and family violence situation, the decision to leave is often a difficult one. It may take time to feel positive and hopeful about the future. This is quite normal. Some people may think it should be easy for a person to leave a relationship where domestic violence is happening. The truth is that it may be very difficult to leave an abusive relationship. Some people experiencing domestic and family violence may also choose not to leave a relationship, as they believe staying in the relationship to be their safest option.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, one of the first things you might consider doing is to make a safety plan. A safety plan is a guide to protecting you and your children (if you have any) from violence. Safety plans are tailored to your situation, so if that situation changes, your safety plan should too. You are the best judge of your situation, and the person best placed to decide what is right for you and your children.

 A safety plan can be:

  • A guide to staying safe while remaining in the relationship and/ or house
  • A plan for leaving an abusive situation
  • A plan for after you leave your relationship and/ or house

Here are some situations you might consider making a plan for:

  • What to do during a violent incident:
    • What you should do
    • What your children should do
  • How to prepare to leave
  • How to escape the house
  • How to keep safe after having left

Some tips for safety planning

Quick Exit

Over the past two years DVassist has been offering a telephone and webchat counselling service as part of a pilot project funded by the Commonwealth Government.

The project is now complete and consequently our counselling services are no longer operating as of Friday 21 October 2022.

For 24-hour confidential information, counselling and support for family and domestic violence please call
1800 Respect on 1800 737 732.

For crisis support, including referrals to women’s refuges, please call Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline on
1800 007 339.

If you are in immediate danger
please call 000.