Safety Issue 10:
Items to Pack when Leaving
When you leave an abusive partner it is important to understand that this action may trigger a violent outburst. Being organized and prepared to make a quick break away from the relationship is one key to reducing the risk of violence. If possible, it is recommended that you pre-pack clothing and important documents ahead of time and leave them with a trusted friend or relative.
CHECKLIST: WHAT TO TAKE WHEN YOU LEAVE You should have these items in a safe place where you can access them quickly in case you need to leave in a hurry. You may want to keep copies of important documents at a trusted relative or friends home.
- Drivers license, passport, or other form of ID
- Your birth certificate and your childrens birth certificates
- Money, bank books, checkbooks, credit cards, ATM cards, mortgage payment book/rental agreement
- Social Security card, work permit, green card, insurance papers
- Welfare information
- Medical records, school vaccine cards, insurance information
- The abusers social security number, license plate number and photo, if possible
- Divorce papers and custody papers or other court orders
- Copies of your protection order
- Lease, rental agreement, house deed, car registration
- Keys to house, car, office
- Medications, glasses/contacts, hearing aids, etc. for you and your children or other dependents
- Personal items like address/phone book, pictures, jewelry, etc.
- Clothing for you and your children
- Toiletries, diapers, and baby formula
- Childrens favorite toys