Principle 9: Survivors must not be forcibly relocated or refouled into environments that threaten their safety and their lives.

On many occasions, various circumstances may present themselves wherein a survivor faces violence or abuse from someone they know. Where a survivor has exhibited a desire not to return to environments that threaten their safety, care must be taken to avoid sending them back to those very harmful environments against the survivor’s wishes. Where the survivor has taken an informed decision of complete free will to return to an environment that may potentially threaten them, making safety plans available, resources accessible, and remaining non-judgmental of the survivor in the process is vital.