The following is a suggested safety plan for women. Please note that all of the information may not apply to everyone, but it is designed so that one may extract what they feel is helpful.
Suggestions for Increasing Safety In the Relationship
I will have important phone numbers available to my children and myself.
Important Phone Numbers:
I can tell ______________________ and _______________________ about the violence and ask them to call police if they hear suspicious noises coming from my home.
If I leave my home, I can go to ____________________________.
I can leave extra money, car keys, clothes and copies of documents with: _____________________.
If I leave, I will bring:
- Birth certificates for me and my children
- Social Security Cards
- School and medical records
- Money, bankbooks, credit cards
- Keys – house/car/office
- Driver’s license and registration
- Change of clothes
- Welfare identification
- Passport(s), green card(s), work permits
- Divorce papers
- Lease/rental agreement, house deed
- Mortgage payment book, current unpaid bills
- Insurance papers
- Address book
- Pictures, jewelry, items of sentimental value
- Children’s favorite toys and or blanket
For more information and to get detailed guides in other languages, please visit The York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee website.
Suggestions for Increasing Safety When the Relationship is Over
I can change the locks, install steel/metal doors, a security system, smoke detectors and an outside lighting system.
I will inform ____________________ and ________________ that my partner no longer lives with me and ask them to call the police if he is observed near my home or my children.
I will tell people who take care of my children the names of those who have permission to pick them up. The people who have permission are: ___________________ and _________________.
I can avoid stores, banks and ___________ that I used when I was with my partner.
If I feel down and ready to return to a potentially abusive situation, I can call _________________ for support.
I will inform people at school about my situation.