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Safety Plan for Leaving an Abusive Situation

Planning to Leave:  If you are able to make a plan to leave, the following list may help you get important items you may need later.

Keep the items in a safe place until you are able to leave safely or are ready if you need to leave quickly.  You should take your children with you unless there is a court order stating you cannot take your children.  If the children are in immediate danger, contact law enforcement at 911 or CYFD at 1-855-333-SAFE.  Also take your pets if you are able.

Identification for yourself and your children (Originals are best, but copies are helpful)

  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Driver’s License or Other Photo Identification
  • Immigration Paperwork

Personal Papers

  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Papers
  • Custody Orders
  • Legal Protection or Restraining Orders
  • Health Insurance Papers and Medical Cards
  • Contact Information for Doctors or Other Medical Providers
  • Records and Account Numbers of Checking Accounts, Savings Accounts, or Other Finances

Other Items to Have Available

  • Funds like cash, credit cards, ATM card, checks, and deposit slips
  • Access keys for house, car, post office box
  • Contact information (phone numbers and addresses) for people like family and friends that can help you or for shelters
  • Medications (at least one month’s supply) for yourself, your children, and your pets
  • Small items like pictures, keepsakes, children’s toys or books to help you cope with your new arrangements


400 Lomas Blvd NW
Room 274, 2nd Floor
Albuquerque, NM  87102


Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(Forms may be picked up)

Completed paperwork accepted
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Phone: 505-841-6737

Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic Violence FAQs


Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center

Domestic Violence Programs Through CYFD

Domestic Violence Resource Center

National Domestic Violence Hotline

New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence

New Mexico Coalition Against Sexual Assault

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