Preparing for Emergencies
You can't stop your partner's violence and abuse – only he can do that. But there are things you can do to increase your own and your children's safety and prepare for leaving. Only share your plans with people you can trust.
Here are some important suggestions:
- Keep important telephone numbers with you
- VictimLink BC 1-800-563-0808
- Your family doctor
- Your children's school
- Your lawyer.
- Keep a small amount of money on you at all times for travel or change for a pay phone.
- Teach your children to call 911 in an emergency, and what they would need to say (for example, their full name, address and telephone number).
- Call trusted friends or neighbours where you could go in an emergency. Tell them what is going on and ask them to call the police if they hear sounds of a violent attack.
- Rehearse an escape plan so in an emergency you and the children can get away safely.
- Pack an emergency bag for you and your children and hide it somewhere safe (for example, at a neighbour's or friend's house). Try to avoid mutual friends or family.
- Know where the nearest phone is, and if you have a cell phone, try to keep it with you, or hide a spare cell somewhere safe.
- If you suspect that your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower risk area of the house – somewhere with a way out and access to a phone.
- Avoid the kitchen or garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons; and avoid rooms where you might be trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
- Be prepared to leave the house in an emergency.