Escape Plan

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
    • Passports
    • 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
    • Identification
    • Keys to house, car, and office
    • Bankbooks
    • Address book and maps
    • Children’s favorite toys/blankets
    • Jewelry
    • Green cards and/or work permits
    • Restraining order