If you decide to leave
The first step in escaping an abusive situation is realising that you’re not alone and it’s not your fault. Try to get advice from an organisation such as Women’s Aid or Refuge before you go.
If you’re considering leaving, be careful who you tell. It’s important that your partner doesn’t know where you’re going. Planning is very important. If you decide to leave, it will help to take:
• documents, including birth certificates for your children, passports, any medical records, benefits books, and mortgage or rent details
• your address book
• house keys
• if you have young children: baby items, some clothes and a special toy for each child
Women and men who have been sexually assaulted can get confidential help, treatment and support at a sexual assault referral centre. Find your nearest sexual assault referral centre.