Stay Safe in Eskdale, Dumfries

Women can be at their most vulnerable state when leaving the abuse. It is important to create a safety plan. Forward planning is essential in order to ensure protection at all times.

  • Create a list of Emergency names and numbers (have them hidden) of all the people and agencies involved in your plan.
  • If possible have a spare mobile phone listing all emergency contacts and keep it in a safe place.
  • Identify a safe place to go to should you need it in an emergency situation/when in a hurry. Look into your options: this could be a friend, relative or Women’s aid.
  • Plan a safe and quick route to get to your safe place.
  • If possible try and have a “stash of cash” hidden and ready if an emergency arises.
  • Confide in the individuals who know about your circumstances and keep them up-to-date with your location.
  • If you have children who are old enough to understand discuss an escape plan with them.
  • Make yourself familiar with each room in your house. For instance try not to end up in a room where there may be sharp or hard edges that could be used to harm you.
  • Keep vital documents that you may need in an emergency escape in a safe place (i.e. Bank-books, Passports, Driving licence, Birth/marriage certificates and other personal items).
  • Store a bag of clothes in a safe place, perhaps with a friend/relative.
  • If you are on medication make sure you have an emergency supply or repeat prescription available.
  • Keep calm and only inform those who you really can trust.