3.3 Referrals to specialist agencies for individual safety planning

The Free from Fear Partnership advocates housing staff signpost people disclosing abuse to specialist agencies to develop an individual safety plan.
The aim of safety planning is to help someone plan ahead and is undertaken for the following reasons:
  1. To help someone deal with crisis situations in ways that increase their safety (and their children's safety)
  2. To help someone consider how to make certain actions in a safe way (for example if planning to leave a partner)
  3. To help someone recognise just how vulnerable they (and their children) may be if the abuser is intent on being violent
  4. To help someone focus on their (and their children's) long term safety and wellbeing

No single safety plan will look the same; they can't be pre-prepared, and must be tailored to a person's circumstances. Safety plans will vary considerably depending on whether someone chooses to stay with the abuser, or plans to leave the relationship. Safety plans should not focus solely on physical safety and should avoid being agency focused.



Welsh Women's Aid have complied an online list of local, specialist services that can be accessed: http://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk/information-and-support/find-your-local...