Leaving an abusive relationship

Leaving an abusive relationship

There are many things to consider when thinking about leaving an abusive relationship. Women can be at a higher level of risk at the point of leaving and after separation, and therefore it might be useful for you to seek advice from a specialist service to help you through this time. The following provide a short guide of what might be useful to consider.

 

Remember in an emergency call the police on 999

 

In an emergency:

 

  • Know your escape route – in an emergency situation rehearse how you (and your children) would get away safely.

 

  • Avoid rooms such as the bathroom as they only have 1 exit.

 

  • Always try to have a mobile phone available to you.

 

  • Call the police for help if possible.

 

  • Seek medical advice and have any injuries received logged.

 

  • Consider informing family, friends, and or any agencies of your concerns and set up a password to alert them if you are in danger.

 

Planned move:

 

  • If possible keep a spare bag ready if you need to leave in an emergency. You might be able to ask a friend to look after in for you. Remember to pack important documents, bank / post office card, medication.

 

  • Have a plan of where you will go – family member / emergency accommodation – ideally this will be an address the perpetrator is not aware of.

 

  • Contact Women’s Aid or local domestic abuse support service for support to secure temporary accommodation or refuge space.

 

  • Contact Women’s Aid or your local Domestic Violence Support Service for advice and support.

 

After you have moved:

 

  • Try to change your routines.

 

  • Take care when using social media and ensure privacy settings are in use.

 

  • Contact Domestic Abuse services to support you to continue to safety plan and provide you with practical and emotional support.

 

  • Save any messages / emails / voice messages as they may be needed as evidence.

 

  • Seek legal advice.

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