If you leave your partner, there are a number of things you can do to keep your address private:
- Use a post office box or a friend’s address for mail.
- Use an alternative address for service of court documents.
- Do banking online.
- Use a post office box or alternate address when applying for credit.
- Separate your credit files with the credit bureau.
- If you are receiving social assistance or are involved with child protection authorities, tell your caseworker about the need to protect your address.
- If you think your ex-partner is also on assistance, tell the worker so together you can develop a safety plan for visits to the office.
- Tell your lawyer not to disclose your address on court documents.
- If you have a job, tell your employer about the importance of not revealing your address to anyone, including co-workers.
- Tell family and friends who visit your home to make sure they are not followed.
- Talk to your children and stress the importance of not giving the new address to their father or their father’s family.
- If the children’s visits are supervised, advise the person doing the supervision to be alert to the father questioning the children about their address.
- If you and your ex are exchanging the children yourselves, find a safe, public drop-off and pick-up location, ideally one where there are people around.
- Make it part of the children’s safety plan not to reveal their address.