When leaving the abuser, it is very important to remember to take important papers such as government-issued identification and birth certificates.
It may not be safe for you to return home for some time and these papers will be invaluable as you seek emergency shelter and/or new housing. The abuser may also destroy valuables or other sentimental items once you leave home. The type of items you may want to take include the following:
- Keys – house, car, office, safe, garage, cabin, boat, motorcycle, etc.
- Money: cash and coins. Enough for transportation, food and lodging for a few days. Your abuser will be able to trace you through credit card activity and may close/empty bank accounts before you can get to them or may be waiting for you at the bank.
- Extra clothing for you and your children for all types of weather
- Infant formula, diapers, etc.
- Telephone calling cards
- Children’s toys, security blankets, stuffed animals
- Current unpaid bills/copies of monthly bills
- Personalized safety plan
- Address books/calendars/appointment books
- Public Assistance ID/Medicaid Cards
(originals or photocopies)
- Government-issued identification for self and children
- Birth/Adoption certificates for self and children
- Social Security cards for self and children
- Passports, green cards, work permits, visas
- Insurance papers (car/health)
- Order of Protection, police reports, restraining order
- Bank books, checkbooks, safety deposit box key
- Marriage, divorce or separation papers
- Income Tax returns, pay stubs
- Professional licenses, certificates, diplomas
- Membership cards (trade unions, professional organizations, etc.)
- Paternity papers, as necessary
- School/vaccination records, dental records, clinic cards
- Lease, rental agreement, or house deed
- Car/mortgage payment book
Valuables/ Items of Sentimental Value
- Sentimental items, photos
- Small sellable items (TVs, cameras, computers, iPods, iPads, art, etc.)
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your Escape Kit.
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