Protective measures help prepare victims of conjugal violence to take action in the event of an incident of violence or a separation.
Planning Ahead to Better Protect Yourself
Conjugal violence exposes abused women to repeated episodes of danger and stress. In these situations, protective measures can help them protect themselves.
Protective measures are measures identified and implemented by victims of conjugal violence so that they are ready to (re)act in the face of risks related to an incident. They allow them to plan the actions to take that will favour their safety in a time of crisis.
Establishing Protective Measures
To establish protective measures, it is first necessary to identify the risks related to a potentially dangerous situation or decision. For each of these risks, the next step is to determine which resources would likely reduce them.
To be successful, protective measures should always tie in closely with the reality of the person for whom it is established. Friends, family members or victim advocates can help an abused woman as she thinks about and looks for measures. However, she alone is responsible for implementing them.