Jan 02, 2020

How to Get out of an Abusive Relationship

Does your significant other physically or emotionally harm you? Are you afraid of what could happen if you were to leave your relationship? If these questions describe your current relationship, you might be in an abusive relationship. We understand that you feel stuck—like this is the new norm for you—but that isn’t true. You deserve a healthy and fulfilling life and relationship. We want to help, so keep reading to learn how to get out of an abusive relationship.Denial is one of the first emotions that individuals experience in an abusive relationship. They often tell themselves that they can’t leave or even that their situation is normal––only, that isn’t true at all. Your home should be a safe place, and if it isn’t, something’s wrong. If you’ve tried couple’s counseling and it didn’t fix your relationship, or your spouse refused to go, it’s time to accept reality. Abusive behavior is not okay, and you need to leave.Many abusive relationships throw up red flags long before you realize you’re in one, and the people who notice it first are often close friends and family. Those are the same people you should gather as your support system because you need support now more than ever. However, abusive relationships can be very dangerous, so build this support system quietly. You don’t want your spouse to suspect that you’re planning to leave.Now that you accept that you need to leave, you need a plan. If you can, gather all your personal documents such as IDs, birth certificate, social security card, and any financial information. Additionally, have a bag packed just in case you need to leave quickly, even if that means leaving some of your personal items behind. Of course, your safety should be your primary concern. If you don’t have time to gather your belongings and need to leave immediately, get out and call 911. You can replace your items later.The moment you decide to leave an abusive relationship, get an attorney involved. An attorney will help you take appropriate next steps and ensure your safety through legal measures like restraining orders. Your attorney will walk you through the process and fight on your behalf because they, too, believe you deserve better.Whether you’re just beginning to see symptoms of an abusive relationship or you’ve been in this situation for a while, it’s time to get out. You’re worthy of love, safety, and health. It’s important to remember that you did nothing to deserve the abuse, and it’s not your fault. You will come out stronger than ever before now that you know how to get out of an abusive relationship.Here at SDF Law, we have zero tolerance for abusive spouses. That’s why we do what we do. Our team of expert attorneys is ready to help you start a happier, healthier, and overall better life. Contact us today if you’re looking for a domestic violence lawyer in Chicago or surrounding areas. We’d be happy to work on your behalf.

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