Preparing to Leave

Have a safety plan and review it often in order to plan the safest, fastest way to escape your abuser.

Our advocates, volunteers, and trained staff are readily available 24/7 to assist our clients.

It is important to note we can not take action until you have made the decision to seek shelter and escape the situation. 

Once you’ve made the choice to leave, we have several options to facilitate your escape. 

- You may call our hotline and get directions to the shelter in order to drive yourself or have a trusted individual bring you.

- It is also possible to have a shelter employee pick you and your minor children up and deliver you safely to our shelter.

In situations such as these, we will always have law enforcement on standby to ensure your safety and the safety of those you love.

When making plans to leave we strongly suggest the following: 

- leave money

- get an extra set of keys

- have copies of important documents

- retrieve extra medicine and clothing with someone you trust in order to leave quickly

 - Keep the shelter hotline number close at hand. 

For our international clients, please have a calling card on you at all times in order to contact family outside of the U.S.. Also, have extra mobile phone chargers, as well as available minutes on your cell phones for emergency calls.

Some important items you may want to bring with you:

  • Driver’s License
  • Children’s Birth Certificates
  • Your Birth Certificate 
  • Social Security Card
  • Welfare information
  • Money and/or credit cards
  • Bank Books / Check books Protective Order
  • Lease or House Deed
  • Car Registration & Insurance 
  • Health / Life & Insurance Papers
  • All medical records
  • Divorce & Custody Papers
  • Work Permits / Green Cards 
  • Visa or Passport 
  • Car keys
  • Medications
  • Address book / Phone card
  • Pictures of you, your children & your abuser
  • Change of clothing for you and any minor children
  • Children’s small toys
  • Toiletries / diapers / jewelry
  • Small objects to sell for immediate emergency income·
  • Pet records if your pet is accompanying you to the shelter.