Making an Escape Plan

  • Often the men will control the budget.  Set aside money – hide it-extra check book, saving account, cash
  • Pack an extra set of clothes for yourself and your children
  • Make an extra set of keys
  • Store a suitcase at a friend’s or neighbor’s house
  • Needed items to enroll kids in school or get assistance: birth certificates, S.S. cards, voter registration, marriage certificate, driver’s license
  • Keep medical records accessible and take them with you when you leave
  • Pack something special or meaningful for each child and yourself
  • Hide a copy of important financial records
  • Create an escape plan, meeting spot
  • If children are old enough – have a discussion with them about a safe place to meet/hide and make sure that other people (Not the Abuser!) know where the meeting/hiding place is where you can meet if a situation calls for it.  (Talking with children is largely a call for discretion based on the child’s intellect and age – so use common sense and talk appropriately).
  • Know where to go and who to call

Emergency Phone Numbers:

If you are in immediate danger, please dial 911

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

The National Sexual Assault Hotline
(800) 656-4673

The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
(866) 331-9474

TTY for National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 787-3224