Depending on your situation, leaving your abusive partner may be very dangerous. We are here to help you create a personalized plan to ensure you and your children may leave safely. Below are some tips you may consider when leaving.
Remember: if you are threatened with violence, call 911 immediately.
Listen to your gut feeling – if you feel that you may be in danger, call 911 or leave to a safe place immediately.
Make an exit strategy in your home. Include your children and develop a code to indicate when it’s time to leave. Rehearse the plan when your abusive partner is not home.
If you feel in danger, keep out of rooms that have only one exit. Keep your back to open spaces.
If you feel that your partner may become violent, don’t attempt to fight back. Leave before it becomes escalated.
Make arrangements to have a safe place to go if you are being threatened.
Be sure to have important documents stored in a place where you may easily access them; think about placing you and your children’s ID, Social Security cards, birth certificates, debit/credit cards, or anything that can’t be easily replaced in a plastic bag in a secure place.
Have an overnight bag prepared with some clothing, necessities, and other important items in case you have to leave unexpectedly.
Have an extra set of car keys made and keep some money set aside for emergencies.
Notify a trusted family member or friend of your safety plan.
See about getting a cell phone only for emergencies. Prepaid phones are inexpensive and easy to buy. Give only trusted family and friends the phone number.