For many, having to flee from their home without warning isn't a common thought, but for those who are in fear of harm due to domestic violence, it can be crucial that they are prepared.
Riverina Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service manager Emma Bromham said it is important for clients, or at-risk women, to have a domestic and family violence safety plan.
"A safety plan is the most helpful thing- having things in place in case you end up having to leave your house," she said.
"So, how you're going to get out if the perpetrator turns up, where you are going to go and what services you are going to access."
Ms Bromham said another important component of a safety plan is having an escape bag.
Basically, it is an easily accessible, easily transportable bag filled with necessities.
"Especially from our perspective, the people who we would recommend to have an escape bag would be women who we support in part of a safety plan," Ms Bromham said.
"So a domestic and family violence safety plan, an escape bag or something that is easily accessible that has your much-needed items in it and is easily transportable, and they are important for women who are experiencing domestic violence, have previously experience domestic violence, and women who are in fear of their safety.
"We would recommend [to pack] things that you would need if you were to have to leave your home quickly.
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"So, a phone and contacts, a phone charger, your driver's license, your wallet or purse, it could be important documents like things you might need to access important services [ID, Medicare card].."
Or, items could include children's clothes if a child is involved, health records and prescription medications as well as a change of clothes.
"When we talk about an escape bag as part of an escape plan we're talking about them not returning back to that home for that point in time," Ms Bromham said.
Most commonly, it is women who are first-time victims of domestic violence who don't think to plan ahead, which is a given.
"We see quite commonly with women who say, it's the first time experiencing domestic violence, who don't know what things are needed until they've experienced it, unfortunately," Ms Brohmam said.
"It can be quite common [they see women without necessities] because no one likes to think that they're going to have to leave their residence because they're at risk of somebody harming them or death.
"It's probably not a common thing women think about until they've been in a situation where they've had to think about it."
- If you or someone you know needs help, contact 1800RESPECT or the Sexual Assault Crisis Line on 1800 806 292.
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