If violence has occurred in a relationship, then it is likely that it will happen again.
Safety Planning is essential whether a victim of domestic and family violence choses to leave or remain in a relationship. Their safety and that of their children is paramount and as such as safety plan should be in place. Relationships are unique, and so safety plans should be made to suit the environment at the time and flexible enough to change should circumstances change – such as moving to a new house. A friend or a support service can assist with developing a plan.
DVConnect and 1800RESPECT offer advice with respect to safety planning for adult and child survivors of domestic and family violence.
The below templates may assist you when considering a safety plan.
Increasing Safety in a relationship
If you chose to remain in a relationship that may sometimes be unhealthy, you should consider how you will respond to ensure your safety.
The Queensland Government has also produced information on increasing your safety in an abusive relationship. Access a copy of the brochure.
Preparing to leave an unhealthy relationship
When you decide to leave an unhealthy relationship, there are steps that you can take to make sure that when you leave you will be safe and supported.
1800RESPECT has developed an escape bag checklist. Access a copy of the checklist.
DVConnect and the RSPCA have partnered to assist families escaping domestic violence with their Pets in Crisis program. Access information on this program at their website.
Living safely after leaving
Once you have left the relationship, you may be at high risk and planning for your safety is paramount. The table below will assist with keeping you safe. You may find that your partner will try to encourage you to return, they may promise to change. It is important to put in place strategies and build support systems that prevent you from falling back into the same unhealthy routine within the relationship, and instead focus on positives for your future.
For more information follow the below links.