LEAVING ABUSE - Not Easy, Just Prepare and DO IT
Leaving abuse is hard; but it's harder to stay. The situation generally only gets worse. Plan on leaving abuse while you still can.
Victims often make up excuses for the abusers' violent behavior, often blaming themselves. It's not your fault. No one deserves to be mistreated.
Most violence in the home follows a pattern: the abuser grows more tense and irritable until some event triggers the violence. Abusers are often sorry and apologetic afterwards; however, chances are the violent behavior will continue and probably get worse.
Nothing excuses violence: not a bad day, rudeness, a need for control or the way someone was raised.
Children are directly and indirectly affected by the violence between you and your partner. Although there is no conclusive evidence that children raised in an abusive home are likely to become abusers or victims of abuse, you and your children need not remain in an abusive situation.
You are not alone even though the abuser may have kept.
you away from friends and family
People and laws exist that will help you take action prevent "the next time" from happening. You are not powerless or locked into a battering relationship forever. You can prepare to leave at the right time.
It often takes time mentally and emotionally to end a violent relationship. While you are thinking about "getting out," here's what you need to do if you have time to prepare before leaving:
PREPARING TO LEAVE
Gather together originals or copies of as many of these important family documents and records as you can
Birth certifications for yourself and
Many of these documents will be necessary in order for you to obtain housing, public assistance, or free or inexpensive legal services. However, if you are in immediate danger and find a chance to leave, do so. Law enforcement can later accompany you back to your home for personal items.
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If you're a victim of abuse or violence at the hands of someone you know or love, or you are recovering from an assault by a stranger, you are not alone.
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