- Think about how you would get out of your home quickly. Which doors, windows, stairs, elevators allow for a fast, safe exit? If possible, practice the routes.
- Plan where you will go once you are out – a neighbor’s home, a relative’s, the apartment manager, etc.
- Teach your children how to dial 911 to call for help. Practice your safety plan with them.
- Set aside some emergency money you can get to quickly.
- Memorize telephone numbers of friends, relatives, and a shelter.
If you decide to leave:
It is helpful to take documents like those on the checklist below. It is important to remember, though, that you and your children come first. Make sure you and your family is safe before you worry about collecting property or documents. (It is okay to leave even if you are unable to secure anything on this checklist.)
- Prescription medicines
- Bank books, checks, credit cards
- Keys to car, home, office
Important papers like:
- Birth Certificates
- Divorce Papers
- Medical/ Shot Records
- Rental Agreements
- Green Cards
- Address Book
- Abuser’s Social Security Number, Vehicle License Number, and Job Information
Some other things you might take if you have time and can do so safely:
- Sentimental items like photos
- Special Children’s Toys
- Extra Clothes
REMEMBER… NEVER RISK YOUR SAFETY FOR PROPERTY. GET YOU OUT SAFE FIRST
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