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Keeping yourself safe in an abusive relationship

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Steps you can take to keep yourself and your children safe when you're living in an abusive relationship.

  • Be ready to call 999 if you or your children are in danger

  • Make notes of abusive incidents, including times, dates, names and details of injuries – these can be important if you need to access legal and welfare rights

  • Keep copies of abusive text messages, emails and letters

  • Keep some money and a set of keys in a safe place

  • Find out about your legal and housing rights – talk to a solicitor if possible, our IDVA's can help with this

  • Explore what civil or criminal options might be available to you, including restraining orders and injunctions such as non-molestation and occupation orders (which can ban a perpetrator from your home)

  • Keep copies of important papers (passports, birth certificates, court orders, marriage certificate) in a safe place

  • Carry a list of emergency numbers: police, relatives, friends, WWiN 0800 066 5555 and the National Domestic Violence Helpline

  • Tell someone you trust about the abuse

  • Make calls from a phone box or a friend’s house

  • Report any injuries to your GP so there is a record of the abuse

  • Talk to family and friends about staying with them in an emergency

  • Think about safe escape routes

Remember, above all, the abuse is not your fault and WWiN are here to support you.

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