Safety plan and checklist

If it is not safe to remain living in your home, and you decide to leave, have a safety plan.

Check your children know to call 000 in an emergency. Plan a safe place where you, your children and pets can go (e.g. a family member, friend, safe neighbour, closest police station, women’s refuge, and for pets, the RSPCA or Pets in Peril).

Financial safety checklist

Open new bank account in own name

Freeze redraw on joint mortgage

Contact lenders, utility services and/or telecommunication services for flexible payment options

Contact Centrelink for financial assistance that may be available

Emergency Contacts

Immediate Assistance: 000

Treating doctor:


Police contact:


Other contacts:

Record Keeping

Keep a manual or electronic diary of what is happening to you or the children/family violence incidents

Keep copies of text messages and emails from your ex-partner

Screenshot pages of social media accounts

Photographs of injuries or damage caused to your home/car can be useful

Have a recent photo of your ex-partner

A safety bag

A bag of important documents and personal belongings, including driver’s licence, passports, birth certificate, marriage certificate)

Copy of intervention order or Court orders regarding children

Mobile phone and charger

Spare keys for house and car


Medications and prescriptions

A change of clothes and toiletries

Anything essential for your child’s wellbeing

Cyber safety checklist

Obtain a new pay-as-you go SIM card

Change PIN and passwords on mobile, email, banking and social media accounts

Disable ‘Find my iPhone’ technology and location settings on all Apps

Delete internet browser history and sign out of your accounts

Avoid using social media platforms

This information was provided by Gordon Legal

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