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 children
Social Security cards (or numbers written on paper if you can’t find the cards)
Photo identification or passport
Important personal papers
Legal protection or restraining orders
Health insurance papers and medical cards
Medical records for all family members
Children’s school records
Investment papers/records and account numbers
Rental agreement/lease or house deed
Car title, registration, and insurance information
Records of police reports you have filed, or other evidence of abuse
Checkbook and bankbook (with deposit slips)
Safety 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 prescriptions
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.