Safety Checklist

SAFETY CHECKLIST

If you are leaving an abusive situation take your children and, if possible, your pets. Put together the items listed below. Hide them someplace where you can get to them quickly, or leave them with a friend. However, if you are in immediate danger leave without these items.

IDENTIFICATION FOR YOURSELF & YOUR CHILDREN...

• Birth Certificates
• Social Security Cards (or numbers written on paper if you can’t find them)
• Driver’s License
• Photo Identification or Passports
• Welfare Benefits Card
• Green Card

MONEY AND OTHER WAYS TO GET BY...

• Cash
• Credit Cards
• ATM Card
• Checkbook & Bankbook (with deposit slips)
• Jewelry or Small Objects You Can Sell

IMPORTANT PAPERS

• Marriage Certificate
• Divorce Papers
• Custody Orders
• Legal Protection or Restraining Orders
• Health Insurance Papers & Medical Cards
• Medical Records for All Family Members
• Children’s School Records
• Investment Papers/Records & Account Numbers
• Work Permits
• Immigration Papers
• Rental Agreement/ Lease or House Deed
• Car Title, Registration, & Insurance Information
• Records of Police Report You Have Filed or Other Evidence of Abuse

KEYS

• Car
• House
• Safety Deposit Box/ P.O. Box

WAYS TO COMMUNICATE

• Phone Calling Card *
• Cell Phone *
• Address Book

Note: * It is best not to use a card or phone that you may have shared with an abuser. They may be able to track you!

MEDICATIONS

• At least one month’s supply of all medicines you & your children are taking
• A Copy of any Prescriptions

THINGS TO HELP YOU COPE

• Pictures
• Keepsakes
• Children’s Small Toys & Books