YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE. Are you leaving a domestic violent situation? The most important thing is to make sure you and your children are safe. Do not leave your children behind if at all possible. This could be important for future custody consideration.
If you can bring the following documents with you, it would be helpful:
Identification: Birth certificates, SIN cards, Health cards, Bank account information, vaccine passport/immunization records.
Custody and other legal papers.
Proof of cohabitation for Housing Application
If you are a Woman planning to leave…
Make sure you have important documents
Save money in secret when you can
Find a safe place to go: friends, shelter, family
Keep extra keys and clothes with friends
Go when he is gone
Don’t tell him you are leaving
Create an excuse to slip away
Call the Police if you are being abused, assaulted in any way
Know your exact address including 911#
Teach your children to go to a pre-arranged safe location and call 911
Keep your gas tank at least ½ full
If you feel you are in danger now, go to a safe place
Plan a safe place to go to and how to get there
Do not tell your partner that you are planning to leave
Take your children with you when you leave, it is hard to get them back once you have left.
Let others you trust know about the abuse
Work out a signal system with a friend
Ask neighbours to call the police if they think you need help
To avoid traced phone calls, hang-up and dial your #
It is important to become familiar with your safety plan and review/revise regularly.
Be aware of any weapons in the home and your partner’s access to weapons.
Create a code word with your children and/or family/friends so they know when to call for help.
To connect with the our Crisis line please call 905-352-3708 If you are in immediate danger CALL 911