What should I take with me if I have to leave home quickly?

If you have to leave home quickly, think about whether you should take the following things with you:

  • Identification, including social security card, driver’s license, passport or other picture identification card.
  • Money, public transportation tokens.
  • House keys, car keys.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Any needed medications.
  • Cell phone or pager, or change to make phone calls, and address book.
  • Any papers you need for school or work.
  • Important documents, such as your children’s birth certificates and immunization records, welfare identification, car registration and insurance papers.
  • Photos, jewelry, and other things with sentimental value.
  • Children’s favorite toys and/or blankets.
  • Anything that might give the abuser an idea of where you might be.
  • A photo of the abuser so the police can identify him.

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