What happens if I don't feel safe at home?
You shouldn’t have to be scared or feel unsafe. If you have been threatened or feel unsafe you should call the police on either 101 or 999. This may seem like a big step, but that is what the police are there for – to look after you.
You are not alone. This isn't your fault
Even if you don't plan to leave your partner permanently, it's a good idea to have an escape route and a safety plan worked out in case things get worse. CASWA can help you with creating a safety plan.
You may want to:
•pack a bag with clothing, toiletries and other essentials and keep it hidden somewhere safe in your home or leave it with a friend
•ask a friend to keep an extra set of house and car keys for you
•carry a list of useful contact numbers with you at all times
•put some money aside in case you need to leave in a hurry.
If you decide to leave your home, try to find somewhere to stay before you go. This could be:
•with friends or family (this is perhaps not a very safe option as your partner may well be able to track you down)
•At a refuge
•in temporary accommodation provided by the council
It is important to think through what steps you can take to keep safe. How might you respond in different situations? How will you get help if you need it?
•Try to keep your mobile phone on you at all times. Try to make sure your mobile phone is charged.
•Are family, friends or neighbours able to support you?
•Get familiar with how to delete messages quickly. If the abuser is monitoring your phone – delete your messages or call records afterwards.
•The police are a key service when in immediate danger. Do not be afraid to call 999 in an emergency
We want to reassure you we are here for you. We will do everything we can to support you. For more information check our Essential Information page