Safety Tips for Women
Often the safest thing for women who have been living with abuse for some time is to plan a safe exit. There are some things that can be done to make you feel safer and more in control of the situation. The main priority for each woman (and child) is safety.
- If you’re thinking of leaving for good, try to gradually gather important documents (birth and marriage certificates, housing documents, benefits info etc) to take with you.
- If possible try to keep some money hidden in case you need to get out in a hurry and you need money for fares or emergencies. Keep taxi phone number’s handy, which you can call once you leave the house.
- Keep the local women’s aid number safe. Disguise the number as something else for anonymity. Some local numbers are listed below.
- If you are afraid that the situation is becoming more violent, try to make sure you are not cornered/caught in the kitchen or the bathroom where there are too many hard edges and sharp items. Try to head for the living room or bedroom where you can use cushions or pillows to protect yourself if you need to.
- Where possible get an extra set of keys cut, or if you have a spare set give them to a trusted friend or relative. As abuse escalates, women are often locked in the house as part of the control. This is a way of ensuring that an escape is always possible.
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GEWA crisis line: 0141 773 3533
GEWA office number: 0141 781 0230
- 999 (Emergency) or 101 (Non-emergency)
- Easterhouse Police Station: 0141 532 4300
- London Rd Police Station: 0141 532 5315
- Baird Street Police Station: 0141 532 4100
- Glasgow Women’s Aid: 0141 553 2022
- Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (for BME women and children): 0141 339 5196
- Drumchapel Women’s Aid: 0141 944 0201
- Rape Crisis (Glasgow): 0141 552 3200
- Rape Crisis Scotland (6.00pm-12.00midnight): 08088 01 03 02
- Archway Project (Sandyford Initiative): 0141 211 8175
Other useful numbers