If you are ready to leave, it can feel both empowering and frightening. Abusers may have threatened you in the past that, if you leave, you will be harmed or your children or family members will be harmed. A vital step to take before leaving is to think of a safety plan.
Note: Not all of these suggestions will work for everyone, and some could even place you in greater danger. You have to do what you think is best to keep yourself and your children safe.
Don’t be afraid to call for help; or call 911 in an emergency.
Creating a safety plan means figuring out how and when you’re going to leave, where you’re going to go and how to keep these details private from your abuser. The first step is to pack a bag that you can easily locate, retrieve or take with you when you leave. WomensLaw.org suggests the following things be included.
Pack a ‘Go Bag’: Keep this bag in a place where the abuser cannot find it, such as at a trusted friend’s or neighbor’s house. Also, hide an extra set of car keys somewhere that you can easily access, in case the abuser takes the car keys to prevent you from leaving. If you have pets, think about someone you trust who could take them before or when you leave, if you’re worried about their safety.
If you can’t afford to leave?
Your safety and your children’s safety can never be replaced but if you feel trapped financially this web site is helpful.
Our shelter can also provide you with additional options. Call now: 928-634-2511
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