Leave safely plan

If you need to escape and have a few minutes to prepare, these are a few things you may want to take with you:

  • Identification, passports, visas, work permits, national insurance number
  • Birth certificates – yours and the children’s
  • Money, bank books, order books, debit and credit cards
  • Driving licence, address book
  • Prescribed medication
  • Mortgage or tenancy document, rental agreement
  • Family photographs, children’s favourite toys
  • Clothing and toiletries
  • Keys – home and work
  • Legal documents, injunction papers, divorce papers
  • Mobile phones – if you have one, try to make sure it’s fully charged and if possible have credit on the phone
  • Try and keep items in a safe place like at a friend’s or neighbour’s home.

Safety numbers

  • Think about who you can trust to tell if you are planning to leave. Maybe have a code word you can say in case of emergency
  • Keep emergency phone numbers together in a safe place
  • Local police station, 24-hour domestic violence helpline number – 0808 2000 247
  • Domestic violence support worker phone number at hand, along with your doctor’s phone number.