This site contains material to help you understand safety planning, make a safety plan for yourself, make a safety plan with family and friends, and provides a checklist for staying safe. This site is Australian but most of what its information is applicable to all countries.
A new free app to help victims of domestic violence record evidence of their abusive relationships and seek professional help was launched in the UK. The app, called Bright Sky, encourages people experiencing domestic abuse to log private journal entires in the form of text, photos and videos, which are then sent to a designated email address. This information can be sent to the authorities at a later date.
Cell Phone & Location Safety Strategies
Cell Phone Location, Privacy and Intimate Partner Violence
Cell Phone: Location Tracking and Sharing
These three resources provide excellent information about how smartphones can be used by abusers to stalk their victims. They are found at Technology Safety website.
With Circle of 6 app you can connect with your friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose. This link takes you to their FaceBook page.
by Jennifer Perry
This safety plan is useful for all victims, but especially for those who have trouble reading or use English as their second language. It provides step-by-step instructions for implementing a safety plan regardless of whether the victim is living with the abuser, leaving the abuser, or has already left. It is used courtesy of the Outer South Peninsula Integrated Family Violence Partnership, Melbourne, Australia. Information and phone numbers have been changed to reflect organizations in the USA.
This is the original safety plan courtesy of the Outer South Peninsula Integrated Family VIolence Partnership, Melbourne, Australia, thus all information is pertinent to Australia.
This is a Spanish translation of the Easy English Safety Plan, USA, listed above.
This safety checklist is from Australia so the telephone number for SafeSteps and the names of government agencies will not apply if you live in another country.
Ensure that a victim’s words about her fears and previous violence will not disappear if she does.
A victim can make an Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (EAA) to document her experiences in ways that will help the legal system successfully prosecute in the future, even if she is disappeared, dead or in a coma.
The process combines video taping of the victim’s actual words attesting to the abuse, coupled with witnessed and notarized legal documents that successfully satisfy legal hurdles often faced in intimate partner violence and stalking cases.
A unique packaging of testimony + documentation + perpetrator historical profiling + pre-collected evidence delivered to established safe and legal persons = a delicate issue brilliantly wrapped up for successful prosecution.
Here is the information on how to remove yourself from Family Tree Now.
Step #1: Go to www.familytreenow.com/optout and read carefully through the steps. After reading the steps, confirm you are not a robot with reCAPTCHA and then click on the green “Begin Opt Out Procedure” button. Picture #1
Step #2: Fill out the form that comes up to search their records. Picture #2
Step #3: Once the results come up click on the record to open it up and read it to be sure that it is you. If several options come up, look at all of them to find your records. Once you have found your record, click on the red “Opt Out This Record” button.
This five minute video is by Women’s Health West and Victoria Police of Victoria, Australia. It features local women demonstrating simple and practice ways of gathering evidence. Note: This video is from Victoria, Australia, where protection orders are called “intervention orders’ and the emergency phone number is 000, not 911 as in the USA.
Once a victim of domestic violence decides to leave her abuser, she might turn to a domestic violence shelter to help her. What are these shelters like? What can she expect when she arrives? This video takes you on a tour of the inside of one such shelter.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
Risk and Threat Assessment tool you can do online; and it’s free. Risk assessment is a vital ingredient in safety planning. The Mosaic method was developed by Gavin de Becker, author of the excellent book The Gift Of Fear. Mosaic helps the assessor weigh the present situation in light of expert opinion and research, and instantly compare the present situation to past cases where the outcomes are known.
Nurse Joanna is compassionate and easy to understand. Her tone is perfect for victims.
The appendix of this PDF workbook has a good information on how to create and implement a safety plan.
This website is for the parent involved in a custody dispute where a potential abuser, his/her legal team, or Child Protective Services has accused you of false reporting or characterized you as vengeful and mentally ill.
A review of research regarding civil court orders of protective. Protection Orders are a key resource now available in every state in the US as a potential legal response to domestic violence. While available in all states, the types of protections offered, legal requirements, and procedures vary from state-to-state. (This review is by the University of Kentucky in the USA, so it’s findings will be more applicable to the USA than other countries.)
by Brian Willingham
This article discusses how federal and state laws affect how and if you can record phone calls and conversations.
This article gives an overview of what one needs to be mindful of when considering electronic recordings. This article is also available in Spanish.
Red Flags — Risk Factors that may indicate that victims are at an increased risk of being killed or almost killed.
DVRCV (Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria) has released a new infographic “Red Flags” highlighting the factors that put family violence victims at increased risk of being killed or seriously injured. This infographic comes as a PDF and can be downloaded here. We encourage you to print this PDF and share it with those needing to learn more about domestic violence and abuse.
For practitioners and victim-advocates, these articles explain what is necessary to understand and assess risk.
The National (USA) Domestic Violence Hotline’s tips for safety planning
This is an Australian site with How-to Videos on smartphone safety for Android phones. Video instructions include topics such as Turning geotagging off your photos on an Android phone, Immediate safety settings for an Android phone, Turn off location history on an Android phone, Taking a screenshot for evidence collection on an Android phone, etc.
LiveWatch website provides links to self-defense information and training.
Brian Bennett is a domestic violence instructor with the State Criminal Justicee Academy in South Carolina and an advisor in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault.
TalkingParents is designed to help parents avoid disputes by keeping a complete record of communications. They maintain the record as an independent third party, making sure parents cannot delete or alter anything they have said.
By the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Tech Safety has an app which contains information that can help someone identify technology-facilitated harassment, stalking, or abuse and includes tips on what can be done. Available in English and Spanish.
from National Network to End Domestic Violence. This site has several resources to help victims and agencies respond effectively to the many ways that technology impacts victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Also has information about a Tech Safety App.
from Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria, Australia. This site addresses the new avenues for abuse that technologies such as the internet, email and mobile phones have opened up.
With almost 350 members across Australia, WESNET is a national women’s peak advocacy body which works on behalf of women and child who are experiencing or have experienced domestic or family violence. WESNET represents a range of organizations and individuals including women’s refuse, shelters, safe houses and information/referral services. Below are links to two of their safety planning resources:
by Dr George Simon Jr