Staying with your partner, and learning how to increase your safety at home, as well as how you need to protect yourself, and what kind of conditions and terms you have for staying in this relationship, and giving it another chance.
Staying without your partner; which means you are going to have to figure out how to safely get your partner off the property, and how you plan to protect yourself and, if you have children, how to protect them as well.
Leaving for a little while; whether it’s so that your partner can get his or her head straight, so you two can have time apart to re-evaluate what’s going on, leaving for a short while is still a hard choice. If your partner is physically abusive, it will be a difficult process as well. You’ll need to consider how to safely move yourself, your children, what to bring, where you are able to stay, and whether or not you need to have conditions for going back.
Leaving permanently. If you plan to get out, and leave on a permanent basis, sever all ties, then you need to make sure someone knows that’s what you’re planning to do. If something happens and you are severely injured, someone should know so they can help if you’re being held against your will. You will need to make plans as to where you will be staying, how to get out safely, what you need to bring, how to start over again, and what to do about money. There is life after abuse.
Any decision on how you plan to change an abusive relationship is going to be a difficult one, but there are people who want to help you, and your children. Adjusting to these new choices and changes will be hard, and people along the way will be there to give their support, and counsel throughout this period of change.
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