Leaving your batterer can be the most dangerous time.

  1. Determine who would let you stay with them or lend you some money.
  2. Always try to take your children with you or make arrangements to leave them with someone safe.
  3. Leave money, an extra set of keys, copies of important documents and extra clothes with someone you trust.
  4. Open a savings account in your own name to start to establish or increase you independence. Think of other ways in which you can increase your independence.
  5. Keep the shelter numbers close in hand and keep change or a calling card with you at all times.
  6. Review your safety plan with a domestic violence advocate in order to plan the safest way to leave your batterer.