Abuse victims sometimes do leave the residence they share with the abuser. Leaving must be well planned in order to increase safety. Abusers often strike back when they belive that the abused partner is leaving the relationship.
I can use some or all of the following plans.
A. I will leave money and an extra set of keys with ______________________ so I can leave quickly.
B. I will keep copies of important papers at ___________________________.
C. I will open a savings account by _______________ (date) in order to increase my independence.
D. Other things I can do to increase my independence include ________________________________
E. The local Family Resource Centre telephone number is: ______________________________
F. The local crisis number is: ___________________________
G. I can keep change or a phone card with me at all times for phone calls. I understand that if I use my telephone credit card, the following month the telephone bill will tell my abuser those numbers that I called after I left. To keep my telephone communications confidential, I must either use coins or the quick change phone card, or I will get a friend to permit me to use a telephone credit card for a limited time when I first leave.
H. I will contact ______________________ and _______________________ for a temporary place to stay and for emergency financial assistance.
I. I can leave extra clothes with _______________________________.
J. I will sit down and review my safety plan every ______________ (week, two weeks, month?) in order to plan the safest way to leave the residence. My caseworker/friend agrees to help me review this plan.
K. I will rehearse my escape plan as appropriate and practice it with my children.
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