Safety Plan

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If you are living in an abusive relationship, denying or minimizing the abuse is dangerous. It usually gets worse over time. Plan what you will do in a crisis.

The most important thing is to make sure that you and your children are safe. Some important tips to help you plan for your safety are:

  • If you do not have a vehicle, keep enough money for a taxi in a safe place.  If you don’t have any money and need to get to the shelter, we will send a taxi to get you.
  • Plan your escape route: decide in advance where to go (friend, relative, motel, shelter).
  • If possible plan to leave when your partner is not home.
  • Prepare your children by talking about the importance of safety. Teach older children to call 911 or a relative, or a friend when they hear or see violence happening to you.
  • Take your children with you, if you can.  This helps ensure the children’s physical safety.  See a lawyer as soon as possible about arranging custody of the children.
  • Plan ahead for the care of your pets or let us know and we will help you arrange for the care of your pets.
  • Work out a code word to use on the phone with someone you trust if you are in danger.

Safety Kit

Gather together the following items for you and your children:

  • Identification
  • Birth certificates for you and your children
  • Health cards for you and your children
  • Social insurance card
  • School and medical records
  • Money, bank books, credit cards
  • Keys
  • Driver’s license, insurance, registration
  • Medication and prescriptions for you and your children
  • Passport, immigration papers, citizenship papers
  • Mortgage information, house deed, lease or rental agreement, insurance papers
  • Address book and list of important phone numbers
  • Pictures, jewellery, personal items of sentimental value
  • Children’s favourite toys, blankets
  • Any legal document; separation agreement, divorce papers, restraining order

Store all of the above with a trusted friend or in a safe place so they can be packed in a hurry.