A safety plan is a list of things you can do to improve your safety and what you can do if you feel in danger.
There is a lot to think about when making a safety plan. Get confidential help from Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817.
It is important to think about how you can protect yourself, especially if the accused person is an ex-partner. Making a safety plan can help you do this.
It can help you decide:
- steps you can take to stay safe as you go about your normal day-to-day life
- what to do if there is an emergency and you are in danger
- what to do to help children and other family members stay safe
- what you can do to keep pets and property safe
- who to tell about your situation and what they can do to help.
It can also help you find out:
- what the police can do to protect you and your family
- what services are available to help make you and your home safer.
Get help to make a safety plan
Thinking about all the things you may need to consider when making a safety plan can be difficult, particularly if you are worried, frightened or upset.
It is a good idea to talk to someone who can help you do this. Keep in mind that your safety plan is something that you may need to update, particularly if your situation changes.
You can call the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817.
Contacting the Victims of Crime Helpline can be the first step to get help and access free services that can assist you to manage the effects of crime and to make a safety plan.
Things to think about when making your safety plan
A first step with your safety plan is to know where and how you can get help if you need it.
Keep your phone with you and if you feel like you are in immediate danger, call the police on Triple Zero (000).
Another very useful thing to do is to make sure you know where your local police station is and how to get there. If you travel to another area for work or other activities, it can be a good idea to find out about the local police station there as well.
The Victoria Police website has contact and location details for police stations around the state.
You may also want to apply for an intervention order. This is a court order made by a magistrate to protect you from:
- a member of your family or household
- someone you have had a close relationship with
- a person who is stalking you.
Find out more about intervention orders and how to apply for one.