February 9, 2007, Newsletter Issue #137: Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Tip of the Week

The process of leaving an abusive relationship is difficult and dangerous. Safety is the primary concern. Even if you do not think your partner poses a risk, leaving often triggers an increase in violence. It is best to prepare as much as you can ahead of time.

Ask a friend or family member to keep items you gather to take with you. Make sure the person you choose will not tell your abuser about your plans to leave. Do not take anything that will be noticed as missing.

Things to Stash Away:

MoneyContact information for a local domestic violence shelterPrescribed medicationsLegal documents for you and your children (e.g. birth certificates, social security cards)Photographs or written evidence of the abuseFinancial records and account numbersPersonal belongings possessing sentimental value Clothing and personal needs
Things to Arrange:

A plan that safely removes yourself and you children from the homeTransportation for yourself, children and belongingsA safe place to stayHow to manage being gone from home for an extended timeReferral to a lawyer or legal advocate to obtain a personal protection order, temporary child custody order, etc.

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