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Safety Planning

  • Plan 3-4 places you could go if you leave your home (including nearest police station, fire station or public place like a store or restaurant)
  • Plan an escape route to get out of your home (memorize and practice from each room)
  • Keep a bag packed of items you and your children need in case you need to leave quickly. Put in an area you can get to or store at your safe place or at work.
  • Collect copies of important papers for yourself and your children.
  • Keep spare money, credit cards, or open a separate account that abuser does not have access.
  • Create a network of people to assist in emergency, create code word/phrase for them to get you help if needed.
  • Make a habit of backing your car into the driveway. Try to always have some gas. Keep the driver’s door unlocked and lock all of the other doors. Have a copy of the car key made and hide one in the car.
  • Keep an old cell phone charged. Can keep one in the house and one in the car. All phones will be able to call 911 even without plan/minutes. Or consider hiding a prepaid cell phone to use in emergencies.
  • Turn off Location on cell phone and on all apps that have location finder.

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32 Items to Pack When Escaping Domestic Violence
Birth Certificates
Credit cards, ATM cards and PIN numbers
Small valuables you could sell if need be
A post office box or safe address where you can forward mail
Phone calling card
Prepaid cell phone or a cell phone with a new contract and number
Your address book or cell phone contacts
Current medications and prescriptions for yourself and your children
Pet purchase, maintenance and medical records, plus leash
Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and any other medical devices
Car, house, and other important keys
Personal journals, images and other evidence proving abuse
Small toys or books for your children
Cash and prepaid credit cards that can’t be traced
Car title, registration, and insurance documentation
Social security cards for yourself and your children
Driver’s license and/or passports
W2s and paystubs
Work permits
Government benefits card
Green card or immigration papers
Marriage, divorce and custody papers
Legal protection or restraining orders
Records of any police reports you have filed
Health insurance cards and medical records
Your children’s school records
Immunization records
Financial records and bank account numbers
Apartment rental agreement, or house deed