At RWA, we understand how hard it can be to leave an abusive partner – that’s why so many people stay in such relationships for so long. Getting free from abuse can be a lengthy process, but you must never be afraid of asking us for help.
Checklist 1: Before you go
- Plan an emergency escape and get a neighbour’s support if possible.
- Keep money saved for taxis, bus fares and telephone calls.
- Get the telephone numbers for your nearest Women’s Aid Group (but be aware that an abuser could trace you by dialling 1471, pressing last number recall or itemised phone bills – therefore a phone box may be the best bet).
- Keep a list of emergency contact numbers.
Checklist 2: What to take with you
- Clothes for you and your children.
- Any medication that you or your children need.
- Bank cards.
- Benefit books, bank books and other forms of identification.
- National Insurance Number.
- Wage slips, P45.
- Birth certificates.
- Passports / Visas and related documents.
- Driving licence.
- Children’s medical records.
- Address book / useful telephone numbers.
- House keys.
- Important photographs.
- A favourite toy or book.
If, however you are unable to bring any of these items, do not worry. If you arrive with only the clothes on your back, we will be able to help.