Focus on safety

A couple discusses how a neighbour needs to make a safety plan before she leaves her abusive partner.

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If you find yourself in this position, you can get help from these resources:

What should you take if you leave your spouse?
A list of the important documents and belongings to take with you when you leave a relationship.

Mothers Leaving Abusive Partners
Plain language guide to legal process and terms for women who've been abused by their intimate partner.

Live Safe, End Abuse
Fact sheets about relationship abuse that explain what abuse is and where people can get help.

MyLawBC: Make a safety plan
Get the help and support you need to stay safer.


Panel 1: Jesse and Keisha in bed, Keisha reading
Keisha: Oh no, he’s yelling at her again.
Jesse: That’s it, Keisha – I’m going over there! I’ll teach him a lesson!

Panel 2: Yelling in the background.
Keisha: No Jesse, you know that would only make things worse. And you might get hurt.

Panel 3: Yelling continues. Jesse holds his balled-up fist
Jesse: He needs to know you can’t treat someone like that. And he’s getting louder with each fight.

Panel 4: Jesse and Keisha speaking to each other
Keisha: You’re right. I was worried about her privacy before but abuse like this can’t stay private.
Jesse: Let’s just get her out of there now!

Panel 5:
Keisha: Look, we’d call the police right now if he was hurting her. But if she’s ready to move out, it can be dangerous without a safety plan.

Panel 6:  
Jesse: What do you mean?
Keisha: Before she leaves, she needs to call a victim service worker about how to stay safe from the time she leaves him.

Panel 7: Keisha speaking, thought bubble of a building
Keisha: A worker can get her to a shelter or transition house or another safe place while she could still be in danger.

Panel 8: Keisha counting ideas on her fingers
Keisha: They also know about things like taking ID, personal papers, and documents to do with money. Copies of his stuff too, if she can.

Panel 9:
Keisha: I know why you wanted to charge over to their apartment, honey. But that’s no better than what he’s doing.

Panel 10: Keisha wiping away a tear
Keisha: Let’s take a deep breath and keep the focus on safety. We can help a lot more with our heads and hearts, not our fists.