When you decide to leave an abusive partner, it is important to take certain items. These items might best be placed in one location, so that if you leave in a hurry, you can grab them quickly.

Suggested items to take:

  • Identification
  • Your birth certificate
  • Children’s birth certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • School & vaccination records
  • Money
  • Checkbook, ATM card
  • Credit Cards
  • Keys-house/car/office
  • Driver’s license and registration
  • Medications
  • Welfare identification
  • Work permits
  • Green Card
  • Passport(s)
  • Divorce Papers
  • Medical records – for all family members
  • Lease/rental agreement, house deed, mortgage payment book
  • Bank books
  • Insurance papers
  • Clothes
  • Address book
  • Pictures
  • Jewelry
  • Children’s favorite toys and/or blankets
  • Items of special sentimental value

Note: As many of these items you can gather are better then none at all.

  • Important telephone numbers:
  • Local police department
  • WomenSafe/COPEline (1-888-285-5665)
  • Legal Advocate
  • County registry of protection orders
  • Work number
  • Supervisor’s home number
  • Minister
  • Other