Those who have been the victim of domestic violence should have an escape plan to enable them to get away from the aggressor.
- Avoid arguments in spaces hard to escape from
- Leave money, car keys, clothing and copies of documents with someone you trust.
- Keep change with you at all times
- Rehearse an escape plan with your children, including a meeting place.
- Teach children to call 9-1-1.
- If you have a restraining order, keep copies at multiple
locations. Always keep a copy with you; keep a copy in the car; give
your children copies. Give copies to teachers and police, with a photo
of the offender.
- Memorize the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE and /or how to reach local domestic violence resources.
- Pack these items in advance:
- Birth certificates—your’s and children’s
- Social security cards
- Mediations and prescriptions
- House deed
- Pictures and items of sentimental value
- Credit cards
- Cellular phone
- Medical records
- Clothing, toiletries, and blankets
- Insurance papers
- School records
- Driver’s license & car registration
- Medicare or medical insurance cards
- Mortgage payment book
- Current unpaid book
- Current unpaid bills
- Food Stamps
- Keys to house, car, and office
- Address book and maps
- Children’s favorite toys/blankets
- Green cards and/or work permits
- Restraining order