Safety Plannning

There are times when it may be necessary for women, children and young people to leave home quickly to escape further abuse.  It can be helpful if you can plan for this and have a bag containing the essentials that you will need.

Women with SuitcaseFor example:

  • Pack an emergency bag of clothes, toiletries and medication.
  • Take important documents, e.g. birth certificates, marriage certificates, bank cards, passport, medical cards, any legal papers, letters from the Home Office.
  • Evidence of income e.g. benefit details, utility bills, payslips etc.
  • Have money for a taxi or bus.
  • Have extra keys for your home and car.
  • Have essential phone numbers, for example;
    • Perthshire Women’s Aid: 01738 639043 (Available 9:30am–4pm Monday to Friday)
    • 24 Hour Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234
    • Perth and Kinross Council Out of Hours Emergency Homelessness: 0800 917 0708
  • Consider having all of the above stored at a friend or relative’s house if it is not safe to have a packed bag in the house.
  • Plan when it will be safe to leave when the perpetrator of abuse is not around.
  • If you have any children, consider when it would be safe to discuss the move with them.


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