Working to end violence
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR AND VIOLENCE.
If possible, before you leave a relationship or think you are leaving, you should take important papers and documents with you to enable you to apply for benefits and/or take legal action.
Important papers you should take include: social security cards and birth certificates for you and your children; your marriage license; leases or deeds in your name or both yours and your partner’s names; your checkbook; your charge cards; bank statements and charge account statements; insurance policies; proof of income for you and your spouse (pay stubs or W-2s); and any documentation of past incidents of abuse (photos, police reports, medical records, etc.).