Once an abused woman has broken the silence surrounding her abuse, there are a number of steps she can take:

  • She can speak to a social worker, health worker, friend, family member or faith leader to talk about her options to change her situation and break the cycle of abuse.
  • She can apply for a Protection Order from the courts which will legally forbid the abuser from committing any further acts of abuse.
  • She can remove herself (and her children) and stay with her family, a friend or at a shelter for abused women.
  • She may have to plan ahead to take this step and have a ‘safety plan’ that she has thought through of all the things she needs to do. For example, she could leave a bag with a trusted person that contains extra clothes; important documents like your ID and children’s birth certificates; extra medication; any keys you may need.
  • Then there are various organizations that support women in crisis and they are free of charge:
  • Emergency: Police Flying Squad – 10111
  • Emergency number from any cell phone – 112
  • Ambulance – 10177
  • Lifeline – 0800 150 150
  • Crisis Counselling for Women – 0800 150 150
  • Lifeline National Counselling Line – 0861 322 322
  • AIDS Helpline – 0800 012 322
  • LoveLife Sexual Health Helpline – 0800 121 900