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Safety Plan
For assistance in developing your personalized safety plan, please contact

The Avondale Crime Victim Services Unit at 623-333-7219

Or the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 602-279-2900
What you need when leaving: 
  • Personal Identification 
  • Divorce, paternity, custody papers 
  • Birth certificates for you and your children 
  • Lease/rental agreements, house deed 
  • Social Security Cards 
  • Current unpaid bills 
  • School and medical records 
  • Money (cash, checkbook, credit cards) 
  • Address book 
  • Keys to house, car, and/or office 
  • Pictures, jewelry, items of sentimental value 
  • Vehicle registration and insurance information 
  • Children's favorite toys, blanket, etc (limited amounts) 
  • Medications 
  • Copy of Order of Protection 
  • INS documentation (green card, work permit, passport) 
  • Formula and diapers

When the Abuser is there: 
  • Stay out of rooms with no exit 
  • Avoid rooms that may have weapons (ex. - the kitchen) 
  • Select a code word that alerts friends and children to call the police 
  • Leave a suitcase and checklist items with a friend

When the Abuser has moved out: 
  • Obtain an Order of Protection 
  • Change the locks on doors and windows 
  • Install a peephole in the door 
  • Change telephone number, screen calls, block Caller ID 
  • Install/increase outside lighting 
  • Inform landlord/neighbor of situation and ask them to call the police if they see the abuser

Protecting your children: 
  • Plan and rehearse an escape route 
  • Teach them how to call 911 and a code word when they should call 911 
  • Teach them how to use a public telephone 
  • Make school aware who the children can be released to 
  • Give school personnel a photo of the abuser 
  • Request school not to divulge address or telephone number

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