Developing a detailed exit plan to escape a domestic violence relationship is critical. It’s especially important that victims of abuse apply discretion when preparing their exit plan, because it’s important that the abuser is not made aware.
Domestic violence often occurs, because abusers thrive on control and an escape by the victim can undermine the abuser’s control. This can lead to a violent incident that places the victim in grave danger. Therefore, it’s important that all necessary steps and precautions are taken.
These include amongst others;
- Inform colleagues, friends and family about the abuse and the situation you are facing
- Make a note of important phone numbers of friends, relatives, doctors and schools
- Make sure you have all your important documentation ready to take with you including identity documents, passports, deeds, medical records, insurance documents etc.
- If the offender is aware of your appointment times, change the times and/or the service providers.
- Inform neighbours about the abuse and ask them to alert the police if they think you are in danger.
- Tell the school teachers or caretakers of your children who can pick up your children.
Get a detailed list here of steps to consider including in your exit plan.