Safety planning for leaving
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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.
  • Toiletries.
  • 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.
  • Money.

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.