Checklist For Important Items

These are the important items you should have with you when you decide to leave. Some of them can be kept somewhere other than at home. A person you trust could keep some of these items for you, or you could keep them at your workplace.

  • Money
  • Clothes and toiletries for a few nights
  • Medications for you and your children
  • Phone charger
  • Credit card & bank account information
  • Passwords and PINs to accounts
  • Car and house keys
  • Identification – driver’s license, passports, etc.
  • Important paperwork and extra copies:
    • Birth certificates for you and your children
    • Marriage license
    • Social security cards for you and your children
    • Your work-related items
    • Tax returns for at least the past two years and other tax documents
    • Immigration documents
    • Insurance information
    • Lease agreement
    • Mortgage papers
    • Vehicle title
    • Credit reports
    • Retirement plan documents
    • Divorce or other family law paperwork
    • Photos of valuable family assets to prove condition and existence (car, home)
    • Photos of apartment or rented home in case abuser damages it after you leave
    • Prescriptions for you and your children
    • Medical records for you and your children
    • Protection order or no-contact order
    • Police reports and case numbers
    • Other evidence of abuse
  • Phone numbers
    • Your local domestic violence agency (425-252-2873 for Snohomish County)
    • Any advocate you or your family has been working with
    • Lawyers
    • Legal aid
    • Children’s schools
    • Your doctor’s office
    • Other emergency contacts
  • For your children
    • Snacks & toys for comfort
    • Clothes
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Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish CountyWednesday, February 24th, 2021 at 11:01pm

We are honoring Kimberlé Crenshaw for the last week of Black History Month. She has made many great contributions including coining "intersectionality" and applying it to domestic violence work by demonstrating the importance of considering overlapping identities of survivors and their experiences!