Victim Services

Safety Planning

Your safety (and your children's) is a priority.  Do you feel safe at home at the moment?


If you are considering leaving a violent situation and have time to plan your exit please consider these things:

  • Documentation - can you hide or store documents such as Medicare cards, pension, bank details, marriage/birth certificate, passports, and drivers licence?
  • If there is an intervention order or other legal papers, keep them with you.
  • If possible, save money for transport or other costs.
  • Clothing - keep a set for you and dependants/children in a bag in case there is a need to leave quickly.
  • Have any spare medication easily available.
  • If there are children, include some children's toys in the emergency packed bag.
  • Carry a list of telephone numbers to call in an emergency (police, crisis hotline, friends/family, shelter).
  • Keep a spare set of house/car keys in a safe place.
  • Think about at least 4 places that you can go if you leave your home.
  • Keep a mobile phone for emergency use.
  • Talk to the children about the situation. They will probably be aware of what is going on. If appropriate, discuss the escape plan. If possible, take children/dependants with you as it can be difficult to gain access to them otherwise at a later date.
  • If possible leave when the abuser is not around to ensure your safety.
  • Your life and your safety are most important.  Bringing your children with you is important.  Everything else is secondary.
  • Support may be accessed from the police or other agency to return home to get other belongings later.
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Domestic Violence/Abuse

Social Development
Hestia House
Coverdale Centre
Domestic Violence Outreach: 632-5616

Help Lines

CHIMO Suicide Crisis Line (24/7): 1-800-667-5005
Kids Help Phone (24/7): 1-800-668-6868
Mobile Mental Health Crisis Services (24/7) 1-888-811-3664

Mental Health Services

Mobile Mental Health Crisis Services (24/7) 1-888-811-3664
Canadian Mental Health Association
Community Mental Health Services


Coverdale Centre (for females)
Salvation Army Booth Center (for males)
John Howard Society Hart House


Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anon.
Coverdale Centre
Ridgewood Addiction Services
Sophia Recovery Centre (women only)
Gambling Help Line: 1-800-461-1234


Victim Services - Public Safety
New Brunswick Courts
Legal Aid
Service New Brunswick

Please call 911 for Emergencies or 648-3333 for non-emergency immediate assistance.

Police Administration

Police Administration

(506) 648-3200

1 Peel Plaza
Saint John, NB, E2L 0E1

Victim Services Unit
ONE Peel Plaza
Saint John, NB
E2L 0E1
(506) 648-3269