The subject of domestic violence is one that is very intimate. Many men and women are stuck in these relationships without any hope. Even when the abuse isn’t physical, the scars can cut deep. Trying to leave an abusive relationship can often seem like a gamble. You know that you want to leave, but you aren’t sure how to do it. You aren’t sure what is going to happen if you do leave.
The emotional impact of any form of domestic violence can be dramatic. When you are dealing with a person who is criticizing your every move or putting down the way you look, it can be difficult to keep your self esteem up where you need it.
When you decide that you need to get out of the relationship, there are places you can go for help. You should start to make a plan as soon as possible. Determine where you can go, how you can support yourself and how you can stay safe.
The only way for you to stop domestic violence is to leave. You likely can’t change your abuser. Your abuser has to make a personal choice to stop the abuse and to get the help that is necessary to ensure that he or she remains on that path. However, there isn’t any surefire guarantee that no more abuse will occur.
When you leave, you may need to seek legal protections. Protective orders will let your abuser know that he or she isn’t allowed to be around you. While this provides some measure of protection, it should be considered only one part of a comprehensive plan to help you stay safe.
Source: FindLaw, “How to Stop Domestic Violence,” accessed Jan. 03, 2017
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