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WHAT TO TAKE
Make your safety and your children’s safety your first priority. If you need to get out immediately without any of the suggested items, do so and a counsellor will assist you in retrieving from your home what you need in a safer manner (i.e., arranging police accompaniment).
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO TAKE WHEN LEAVING
(if you have time and it is safe for you and your children to plan prior to leaving.)
- Birth Certificates
- Health Insurance Number
- Health Card Numbers
- Passport and Citizenship Papers
- Copies of Court Orders
- Financial information – pay stubs, bank account numbers and statements, information re: RRSP’s mutual funds, GIC’s, etc.
- Up to one-half of the money in a joint account can be withdrawn
- Monthly utility statements – hydro, gas, etc.
- Marriage Certificate / Divorce papers
- Last year’s income tax returns – both woman’s and partner’s
- Keys – house/car/office
- License plate number and description of abuser’s vehicle
- Deed to the home or rental agreement
- Credit cards
- Children’s report cards – in the event children change schools
- Photo of abuser
- Favourite children’s toys, clothing, blankets, books
- Personal items – clothing, photographs, special mementos which could be destroyed if you leave
*** It is advisable that women dial another phone number after a call to the shelter. This will prevent the abuser from accessing the last number dialed.
*** Photocopies of these items can also be taken and originals can then be put back.