How to Safely Leave an Abusive Relationship

How to Safely Leave an Abusive Relationship

How to Safely Leave an Abusive Relationship

Are you struggling to leave your abusive partner?  Are you afraid that your partner will harm you if you leave your abusive relationship?  Being in an abusive relationship is not only detrimental to your physical health, but also your emotional health and overall well-being.  It can have many lasting psychological impacts that can affect your future.  Even before you worry about your future, you may be concerned with how to leave your present situation safely.  When you work with a trusted counselor in Winter Garden, we will provide you with many coping strategies and safe exit strategies to leave your abusive relationship for good.  Even though this may seem difficult, or even impossible, there are a few things you can do to safely leave an abusive relationship.

Tell a Trusted Individual Your Plan

Before you leave your abuser, you want to be sure that at least one other trusted individual knows about your plan.  Discuss the details of your plan with a friend or family member so that you can have someone else looking out for you.  This will provide them with the details, like time and place, so that they can assist you and support you through the break up and through the recovery process.  It is difficult to leave any relationship, but when your safety is also in question, you want to have the support of others.

Contact a Hotline or Therapist

If you are not comfortable talking with friends or family members, contact a hotline that can assist you through your breakup.  These services can typically provide you with safe housing for your transition to be sure that you stay safe from your abuser.  Also, you can discuss these plans with a therapist so that you can discuss them thoroughly and get professional advice to deal with your situation.  All of these individuals will provide you with the safety that you need, and that you've always deserved.

Keep Important Documents Handy

When it comes time to leave your abuser, be sure that you are fully prepared.  This includes taking with you important documents, like passports, IDs, credit cards, birth certificates, and any other documentation of your children's.  This will make it easier for you to move on without having to return to your abuser for any assistance or favors.

These are the steps you'll want to follow in order to safely leave an abusive relationship.  Being a victim of domestic abuse is not something that you may have ever imagined, but consider yourself a warrior and a survivor.  Leaving an abusive relationship is a powerful step in the right direction, but you'll want to do so with the help and guidance of others.  As an expert counselor in Winter Garden, we can help you cope through this difficult transition.  Contact us to hear about how we can help you today.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.