Safety Plan

  • Create an emergency escape plan
  • Create a list of important phone numbers (e.g. police, shelter) for yourself and your children, and always have change for a phone call 24-hours/7 days a week
  • Tell people you trust about the abuse – Create a list of safe places you can go (e.g. family, friend, shelter)
  • Tell your neighbours (if it’s safe) you would like them to call police if they hear fighting or screaming/possibly children will go there
  • Hide clothing, house keys, car keys, money, important documents (or copies), favourite toys, etc. at a friend or family member’s home
  • Keep all of your identification in your wallet (or other safe place)
  • Open your own bank account (at a bank different from your partner) and arrange that calls and bank statements go to a friend or family member
  • Save and set aside as much money as you can (e.g. from grocery budget)
  • Have $10 to $15 available for cab fare or an emergency
  • Be aware of any weapons in the home (including kitchen knives)
  • Teach your children their own safety plan (i.e. safe place to go, how to use the phone to call for help, emergency exits, etc)
  • Create a code word with your children and family so they know when to call for help

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS & ITEMS TO TAKE WITH YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE

  • Identification
  • Birth certificates for you and your children
  • Health certificates for you and your children
  • Social insurance card
  • School and medical records
  • Money, bank books, credit cards
  • Keys – house, car, office, safety deposit box, mail box
  • Driver’s license and registration
  • Medications/prescriptions for you and your children
  • Passport, immigration papers, citizenship papers
  • Mortgage information, house deed, lease/rental agreement
  • Insurance papers
  • Address book
  • Pictures, jewellery, personal items of sentimental value
  • Any legal documents (i.e. separation agreement, divorce papers, restraining order)
  • Children’s favourite toys, blankets