Abuse Is Wrong In Any Culture: for First Nations and Métis people

Emergency Plans

An Emergency Plan means knowing what you will do when the next attack comes. It means you will be ready before that next attack.

Sometimes, you can figure out how to leave before an attack, if you know the signs of when there is going to be violence. Those who have survived abuse say how important it is to have a plan because of the high stress you will experience during an attack. Women and children are particularly vulnerable immediately following a separation.

A few things to think about

  • Where will I go? How will I get there? How long can I stay?
  • What do I need to take with me?
  • Who can I call for help for me and my children?

Checklist:

What to take

  • Proof of identity, such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN), your and your children's birth certificates, Indian status cards, Métis identification, health cards, your driver's licence.
  • Cash, debit cards, credit cards, cheque-book, bank statement.
  • Medicines that you and your children normally use.
  • Cell phone.
  • Important phone numbers, and/or addresses, for close friends or family members or community resources.

Hint: Save small amounts of money here and there, and keep it hidden for times of need.

Hint: Photocopy important papers like court orders, restraining orders, and bank statements and keep them at a trusted friend or family member's place.

Hint: Memorize the phone number of the police and women's shelter. If you don't get a response right away, don't give up, keep trying!

In an emergency, leave as quickly as possible!

Do not stop to collect the things on this list ... just go!

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