If you are planning to leave a domestic violence situation, here is a list of items you may need and should consider packing.

It is important to plan your departure and find the safest time for you to leave your abuser. You may want to have all your paperwork in an easily accessible location, so you can pick them up quickly when you are ready.  If you are in immediate danger, take what you are able and find a safe location as soon as possible.

 

Important Paperwork

● Birth certificates and 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 and 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 lease, or house deed

● Car title, registration, and insurance documentation

Money

● Cash and prepaid credit cards that can’t be traced

● Credit cards and the PIN numbers you need to withdraw cash

● ATM card

● Checks

● Small valuables you could sell if need be

Communication

● A post office box or safe address where you can forward your mail

● Phone calling card

● Prepaid cell phone or a cell phone with a new contract and number

● Your address book or cell phone contacts

Medical

● Current medications and prescriptions for yourself and your children

● Eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and any other medical devices you or your children need

Other items

● Pets, their records, and any needed items like food, a leash, bedding and medication

● Keys

● Clothing

● Small toys or books for your children

● Any keepsakes you would like to have

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