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How to leave an abusive relationship

February 5, 2012

General Guidelines for Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Never tell your abuser of your plans.
You may request a police stand-by or escort while you leave.
If you need to sneak away, be prepared.
Make a plan for how and where you will escape.
Plan for a quick escape.
Put aside emergency money as you can.
Hide an extra set of car keys.
Pack an extra set of clothes for yourself and your children and store them at a trusted friend or neighbor’s house. Try to avoid using the homes of next-door neighbors, close family members and mutual friends.
Take with you important phone numbers of friends, relatives, doctors, schools, etc., as well as other important items, including:
Driver’s license
Regularly needed medication
Credit cards or a list of credit cards you hold yourself or jointly
Pay stubs
Checkbooks and information about bank accounts and other assets

If time is available, also take:
Citizenship documents (such as your passport, green card, etc.)
Titles, deeds and other property information
Medical records
Children’s school and immunization records
Insurance information
Copy of marriage license, birth certificates, will and other legal documents
Verification of social security numbers
Welfare identification
Valued pictures, jewelry or personal possessions
You may also create a false trail. Call motels, real estate agencies and schools in a town at least six hours away from where you plan to relocate. Ask questions that require a call back to your house in order to leave phone numbers on record.

(Via internet, “Safety Planning, National Domestic Violence Hotline, viewed 2/5/2012)

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