If you are going to leave a relationship, deciding what to take with you is an important step in creating a safety plan.
Safety planning is a way to think about and develop a plan of action for when things are unsafe. Our safety planning checklist page offers practical tips for creating a plan with the help of a family member, friend or support service.
Using the escape bag checklist, you can create a list of things that you might want to take with you in an escape bag if you are planning on leaving a relationship. You can choose things that are important to you and include names of services and friends.
To find services where you live, you can use the 1800RESPECT service directory.
Asking a friend or family member for support to create an escape bag checklist may be helpful. Together you can follow these steps to create your own checklist, share it with other support people and plan what you need to take with you.
Create your own escape bag checklist by choosing items under each heading. You can add or remove an item by clicking on it and you can download your list when you have finished it. You might also want to add details of support services or your own personal contacts. When you are finished you can save your checklist. Only download the checklist if you know that your computer is secure and no one else will be able to see it. If you are using a public computer, remember to delete the downloaded checklist before you log out.