If you want to save this information but don’t think it is safe to take it home, see if a trusted friend can keep it for you. Plan ahead. Know who you can call for help, and memorize the phone number.
Be careful online too. Your online activity may be seen by others. Do not use your personal computer or device to read about this topic. Use a safe computer such as one at work, a friend’s house, or a library.
Here are some helpful items to get together when you are
planning on leaving an abusive situation. Keep these items in a safe place
until you are ready to leave or in case you need to leave suddenly. If you have
children, take them. And take your pets, too, if possible.
Checklist for preparing to leave an abusive situation
Identification for yourself and your
Security cards (or numbers written on paper if you can’t find the
Photo identification or
Important personal papers
Legal protection or restraining
Health insurance papers and medical cards
Medical records for all family members
Investment papers/records and account numbers
agreement/lease or house deed
Car title, registration, and
Records of police reports you have filed, or other evidence of abuse
Checkbook and bankbook (with deposit
deposit box or post office box
A way to communicate
Phone calling card
At least 1 month’s supply for all
medicines you and your children are taking, as well as a copy of the
A way to get by
Jewelry or small objects you can sell, if
you run out of money or stop having access to your accounts
Things to help you cope
Children’s small toys or books
Source: National Women’s Health Information Center at www.WomensHealth.gov.