What I Need to Take When I Leave: Be prepared.  Have these items or copies of these items already gathered and/or in a place outside of the home.  DO NOT STAY TO GET THEM AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. NOTHING IS MORE VALUABLE THAN YOUR LIFE. Everything can be replaced or retrieved at a later time.

Driver’s license or State ID                                    Children’s birth certificates
Car title & registration                                            Your Birth certificate
Marriage license                                                      Money & Credit/Debit cards
Protection Order                                                      Insurance papers
Lease and/or House Agreements                          Medications
Checkbook, bank book, & withdraw slips            Address book
Health insurance or medical card                         House and Car keys
Medical/Vaccination records                                 Social Security cards
A change of clothes for self and children            Safety plan
Children’s small toys, blankets, etc.                     Child support order
Write down partner’s SS & DOB                            Pictures (family photos)
Military ID cards for self and children                  Small objects to sell
Green card & immigration papers                         Jewelry
Welfare identification                                             School records
Passport for self and children                               Work permits
Community resource numbers                              Pets (if you can)
Divorce papers, including custody & visitation orders