Preparing to Leave

Because violence could escalate when someone tries to leave, here are some things to keep in mind before you leave:

  • Keep any evidence of physical abuse, such as pictures of injuries.

  • Keep a journal of all violent incidences, noting dates, events and threats made, if possible. Keep your journal in a safe place.

  • Gather all important things and put them somewhere safe, for example with a friend or family member.

  • Know where you can go to get help. Tell someone what is happening to you.

  • If you are injured, go to a doctor or an emergency room and report what happened to you. Ask that they document your visit.

  • Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them, like a room with a lock or a friend’s house where they can go for help. Reassure them that their job is to stay safe, not to protect you.

  • Contact your local shelter (or us!) and find out about laws and other resources available to you before you have to use them during a crisis. Women’s Law has state-by-state legal information.

  • Acquire job skills or take courses at a community college as you can.

  • Consider packing a bag and asking friends or family members to keep it at their house for you.

  • Try to set money aside or ask friends or family members to hold money for you.

  • Call us and we will help you to create a safer exit plan for you, your children and/or pets.  


    If you need help with in creating a safer exit plan:

    call us at 928.679.7770 or email us at victimwitness@coconino.az.gov or Get Help Now!

 

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