It’s 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.
This page has examples of some of the things you should think about when making your safety plan.
Getting help with your safety plan
Call the Victims of Crime Helpline on 1800 819 817. Contacting the helpline is the first step to get free services to help you manage the effects of crime and to make a safety plan.
- make sure the locks on your windows and sliding doors work well
- install lockable security screens for doors
- have dead locks installed, but don't dead lock yourself in at night - you may need to leave quickly in an emergency
- change your locks if keys go missing
- install sensor lights near entrances to your house
- trim trees or shrubs away from entrances to your house.
- keep electric fuse boxes locked. Your electricity company can supply a lock.
- don't leave any gardening tools like rakes or shovels in your yard. Make sure your garage or shed is locked.
Police can give you advice on how to make your home safer. Contact the police investigator for your case or your local police station
- use a few different ways to get to work - this makes it harder for someone to keep track of your routine
- make sure someone in your workplace knows about your situation
- get a co-worker to screen your phone calls
- keep copies of any important paperwork at work or in your bag
- park your car in a secure space or ask a co-worker to walk you to your car
- if you are followed home, know where your nearest police station is and how you would get there.
If you are concerned for your safety, using the internet or a smartphone may not be a safe way to communicate. There are many ways that your computer, phone and internet use can be monitored.
- using a friend's phone or a public computer in a library or internet cafe
- creating another email account - don't provide detailed information about yourself or use your name in the address
- regularly changing passwords and PIN numbers for your online accounts
- updating the privacy settings on your social media accounts to restrict access.
In an emergency
Always call 000 in an emergency.
Planning for an emergency is an important part of your safety plan.
- plan where you could go, and how to get there. Make sure you and your children practice this plan
- choose a code word you can use with family, friends and neighbours if you need help
- have emergency phone numbers saved in your mobile phone
- be aware of any rooms in your house that have bad phone reception
- think of an excuse beforehand so you can leave quickly if you feel threatened
- have a bag ready with clothes, money, medication and important paperwork in case you need to leave quickly.
Tell the people you trust
Family and friends
- keep them up to date about what's going on
- agree on a code word you can use on the phone if you need help in an emergency
- give them a list of important people or services in case of emergency.
- ask your neighbours to let you know if they see anything suspicious
- let them know if you are going away for more than a day or two
- tell them to call the police if they hear something and are concerned for your safety
- tell them about any changes to your situation
- agree on a code word or signal you can use if you need help in an emergency.
An intervention order 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.