Covering Your Tracks
- Delete internet activity each time you use the computer. Click here for directions. Using the ‘Leave’ button on ANY shelter site will not delete your computer history.
- Dial another phone number after you have spoken to any agency for help, so redial can’t be used to track your phone use and delete your call history on your cell phone.
- Before driving to a safe location, ensure that you have disabled any GPS tracking devices on your vehicle so you cannot be located.
- Disable the GPS application on your smart phone. Learn how HERE.
What to bring to the shelter
- All identification for yourself and your children (i.e. passport, drivers license, birth certificates etc.).
- Any health care information for you and your children (i.e. hospital, dental records, children’s immunization records etc.).
- All bank account information.
- Any dated documents showing proof of you living with the abuser (i.e. copy of a lease, a letter from the government, a utility bill with both of your names on it and the common address where you and your abuser lived together when the abuse occurred).
- Any medications you or your children are currently taking.
- Comfort items for the children (i.e. a favourite toy or blanket).
- Address book with important contacts (i.e. family doctor, friends, family).
Remember the most important thing is your safety. If you can’t access any of these items don’t worry. Come without them and we will work with you to get them if needed.
Safety planning is meant to equip you with tools to keep you feeling safe and secure in your environment.
Shelter staff help will help you identify the potential dangers in day to day situations (i.e. going to work, taking the children to school etc.) and plan ways to keep you and your children safe in these situations (find an alternate route, have a cell phone with you etc.). We will create a safety plan with you while you are staying at the shelter and will update as necessary with you.
Click HERE for more information on safety planning.