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Computer Safety

The Internet can be a valuable resource for those in a potential or actual domestic violence situation, but please read and observe some precautions.

Domestic Violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, call our 24-hour help line 800-647-9161.

Escape Bag

Prepare an escape bag with all the essentials you will need to successfully escape an abusive home, and keep it in a safe place.

Peace House Helps Victims and Potential Victims

Peace House operates a licensed domestic violence shelter that is staffed by qualified Victim Advocates and Case Managers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

We help people both in and outside of the shelter.  If you need help or information you can call our help line 800-647-9161 at any time of the day or night.

There is also a state-wide 24-hour help Link-line available at 800-897-5465.

If your need is not urgent, or you are just looking for information, please review this section of our web site.

Prepare an Escape Bag

Prepare an Escape Bag

Prepare an escape bag with all the essentials you will need to successfully escape an abusive home.  Keep the bag / box / suitcase in a safe place away from the home (e.g. at work or with a trusted friend) where you can access it in an emergency.  Don’t use your car or purse.

Whenever possible, documents should all be originals, unless taking them away would arouse your abuser’s suspicion.

A Suggested List of Items

  • IDs for you and your children (driver's license, birth certificates, passports, social security card, work papers or immigration papers)
  • Spare keys for your house, car, storage locker, bank safe deposit box, etc.
  • Financial: check book, credit cards, debit cards, safe deposit box info
  • Personal address and phone notebook. List of access codes and passwords
  • Insurance info; health, life, auto, home
  • Government account info; medicare, food stamps, medicaid, social security
  • Records; school, medical, marriage
  • Court orders: divorce, protection, child custody
  • Proof of your partner's income (pay stub, etc.)
  • Prepaid cell phone (your normal cell phone may be traceable) and / or prepaid calling card
  • Documentation of assets and liabilities (including titles, leases, credit cards and bank accounts), particularly those you own jointly with your abuser
  • Change of clothes
  • Medications and prescriptions for you, children and pets. Bring extra supplies if possible.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, feminine hygiene, diapers, deodorant)
  • Baby formula, toys and blankets
  • Pictures, jewelry, keepsakes
  • Pictures of family which include the abuser
  • Abuser's personal information (date of birth, social security number, work permit information, place of employment, description of vehicle including license plate number) and a good photo of the abuser
Note that domestic violence shelters can often provide many basic essentials, including personal hygiene items, spare clothing, baby diapers and formula, etc. If you know you are going into a shelter, review this list with them first to see what they can provide so that you can travel lighter.