Domestic Violence Safety Planning

If you are in an abusive relationship, you may need to leave quickly. Having a safety kit packed and ready to go is important. Having the documents listed below in your possession will help you apply for benefits or take legal action. Items to take:

  • Address book
  • Birth certificates for you and your children 
  • Change of clothes 
  • Children's favorite toys, blankets 
  • Current unpaid bills 
  • Divorce papers 
  • Driver's license and registration 
  • House deed, mortgage payment book 
  • Identification 
  • Insurance papers 
  • Items of sentimental value 
  • Keys – house/car/office 
  • Lease/rental agreement 
  • Medications 
  • Money, credit cards, checkbook 
  • Passport(s), green card(s), work permits 
  • Pictures, jewelry 
  • School and medical records 
  • Social security cards 
  • Welfare identification  

Reprinted and revised with permission from the Family Violence Prevention Fund.