4. Make a safety plan

What if I have family court and criminal court issues happening at the same time?
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4. Make a safety plan

If you're afraid of your partner, you should think about making a safety plan to keep you and your children safe.

Your safety plan can include things like:

  • an emergency escape plan
  • a code word to use with your children so they know when to run to safety and call for help
  • things to pack in an emergency bag if you need to leave home quickly
  • a list of important documents to set aside or copy
  • asking neighbours or friends to call the police if they hear fighting or loud noises, or if they see anything suspicious
  • learning the telephone number of a local shelter

You can also find support to help you make your safety plan.

You May Also Need

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)
Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse (This resource is written for women in abusive relationships but might help anyone in an abusive relationship.)
Reviewed: July 31, 2017

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