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Step 3: Create An Escape Kit

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:

Daily Necessities

  • Medication
  • 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.
  • Food
  • 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

Important Documents/Paperwork

(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
  • Jewelry
  • Small sellable items (TVs, cameras, computers, iPods, iPads, art, etc.)

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your Escape Kit.


If you are questioning something that is happening to you, call us at our 24-hour hotline (661) 259-HELP (4357), or non-emergency line (661) 259-8175 for confidential information and support.

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