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 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-SAFETY PLAN

Plan to leave, even if you donít think it will be necessary. Then, if you need to leave, youíll be ready.

When you leave, take the following items:

  • Identification papers

  • Money

  • Car and house keys

  • Birth certificates

  • Checkbook

  • Medication

  • Social Security cards

  • ATM card

  • Medical Insurance cards

  • School records

  • Orders of Protection

  • Immunization records

    If an argument is inevitable, attempt to move to a room where there are no weapons available (kitchen knives, guns, tools) and where there is more than one exit from the room.

    Teach young children how and when to call 9-1-1. Identify a code word that your children will recognize as a signal to call the police.

    Discuss a safety plan with your children and identify which neighbors they should go to for assistance.

    An Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment can be obtained, though there is no guarantee that your abuser will abide by it. If you obtain an Order, keep a copy, and proof that it has been served with you at all times. Be sure your childís day care center or school has a copy and knows to show it to the police, if a crisis should arise. Prepare a safety plan to use when you are at work or on your way to and from work. You should vary your route and if you can, donít travel alone. Alert your employer of potential problems so that you can be assisted. Help is available. Consult your local shelter or safe home for further information on safety planning and other services that are available.

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