If you or anyone you know is in an abusive relationship, it’s important to create a safety plan to keep you and your family safe and free from harm.
Suggestions for Creating your Plan
- Have important phone numbers readily available for yourself and your children. Make sure to include the following:
- Have important items and documents ready in case you need to leave quickly. Below is a helpful list of items.
- Teach your children how to call the police in an emergency.
- Tell one or two of your neighbors you can trust about the violence and ask them to call the police if they hear suspicious noises coming from your home.
- If you leave your home, have four different places you can go to immediately.
- Leave extra money, car keys, clothes, and copies of documents with a trusted friend.
- To ensure safety and independence, keep an extra cell phone with you at all times for a 911 call.
- Open your own savings account.
- Have and rehearse an escape route with a support person.
Checklist of Items
- $50 or more in cash
- Marriage license
- Bank account numbers
- Disability service items (walkers, hearing aids, contacts, glasses, etc.)
- Social Security cards
- Driver’s license and registration
- Divorce papers
- Address book
- Passports, Green Cards, work permit
- Lease/rental agreement, house deed
- Insurance papers
- Birth Certificates for you and your children
- School and medical records
- Keys for the house/care/office
- Children’s favorite toys and/or blankets
- Change of clothes for you and your children
- Mortgage payment book, current unpaid bills
- Pictures, jewelry, items of sentimental value