Staying safe on a night out

As we are coming up to the Christmas party season, it’s important to keep yourself safe and protect yourself from abuse.  Here are some tips to help keep you safe.

STICK TOGETHER
Stay with a group of friends and don’t wander off on your own.  Keep an eye on your friends too, and make sure that they don’t head off somewhere on their own.  If a member of your party does disappear, don’t just assume that they’ve gone home – find out where they are.  Look out for your mates.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
If you feel like something is a bit “off” – even if you can’t quite pinpoint why – trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation.

PLAN AHEAD
Know where you’re going, how to get there, and work out how you’re getting home.  Work out when the last train/bus is (it’s worth having a couple of back ups too)

DRINKING
Never leave your drink unattended, or accept a drink from someone who you don’t know.  Be mindful of the amount you are drinking, and consider alternating between alcoholic and soft beverages; pace yourself.

KEEP VALUABLES HIDDEN
Keep your valuables out of sight, particularly if you’re on the streets at night.  Don’t walk down the road with your mobile phone out for all to see.

GET A REGISTERED MINICAB
Never get into a taxi that isn’t licenced.  You can find licensed minicab offices and other private hire operators in your area here.  Pre-plan, and pop a minicab number in your phone.

What happens if you become a victim of abuse?
If you are a victim of abuse, CICA UK can make a claim on your behalf.  CICA UK work with victims and claim from the official CICA Government Scheme on their behalf, meaning they can focus on other aspects of their life and trying to move on from their ordeal.

For more information, visit the CICA UK website.