Did you know that around 20 people are physically abused every minute? It can affect everyone at any age, and it can happen to anyone, even you. If you are in an abusive relationship, getting out of it can seem like a daunting task.
But it’s not as hard as you might think if you know what signs to look for and how to get help. We’ve put together a list of tips on how to get out of an abusive relationship and deal with the trauma that follows when leaving one behind.
Move Out to a Safe Location
If you’re in an abusive relationship, the best way to get out of it safely is to move out. You should find a safe place to stay that’s not where your abuser lives and with someone who isn’t part of the problem. According to Project Sanctuary, 15% of all violent crimes comprise intimate partner violence.
Most women don’t want their abusers arrested because they worry police involvement will lead back toward them being mistreated by their partners again, which could even result in death.
If you feel unsafe during this process, call 911 immediately for help from law enforcement officers explicitly trained for these situations. These professionals know how best to handle these types of emergencies effectively without causing further physical or mental harm.
File an Order of Protection Against the Abusive Partner
According to Queensland Court, in 2022, 27% of all domestic violence protection orders have been temporary protection orders registered to protect the victim until their application is finalized. If you’ve decided to leave your abusive partner, it might be a good idea to file an order of protection against him.
An order of protection is a court document that protects you from further abuse by the person who abused you. Filing an order of protection can be scary, but it’s worth it if it helps protect you from further harm and gives you time to figure out your next step.
To file an order of protection, go to your local courthouse or legal aid office and ask for help. You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Bring someone with you who has gone through filing an order of protection before so they can help explain what will happen next and make sure there aren’t any mistakes on your paperwork.
Get Support from Friends and Family
Getting support from friends and family can be a great way to break out of an abusive situation. It is essential, however, that you are honest with them about what you are going through. Otherwise, they won’t be able to help you as much.
If your loved ones don’t know what is happening in your relationship, they won’t be prepared for it if something happens. You should let them know how their support will help others see the signs of abuse and know what to do about it.
Seek Help from a Trained Therapist Who Has Extensive Experience In Treating PTSD
You may find it helpful to seek help from a trained therapist with extensive experience treating PTSD. A therapist can provide you with the skills and tools you need to overcome your anxiety, depression, and other symptoms associated with PTSD. It would help if you looked up “find a therapist near me” to get a list of licensed professionals in your area.
You may have heard that you can treat PTSD on your own. You may even have tried some standard methods for treating PTSD and found that they didn’t work. That’s because there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to treating this complex disorder, which is why seeking help from a trained therapist with extensive experience in treating PTSD is essential.
A trained therapist can help you discover what will work best for you, so it’s vital to find someone who deeply understands the condition and its symptoms. They can tailor their treatment plan based on your specific needs rather than trying to fit you into a cookie-cutter approach. They’ll also be able to explain what they’re doing and why which will give you confidence in their ability to help you heal.
Do Not Blame Yourself for the Events that Happened in Your Relationship
It can be easy to blame yourself for the abuse, but it’s not your fault. You didn’t do anything wrong; it was your abuser who chose to hurt you. It’s also not your fault that you stayed with them as long as they did or didn’t leave sooner.
Abusers often use tactics like manipulation and isolation to convince their victims that they are the only person who can make them happy while making victims feel like they deserve what’s happening to them.
Seek Professional Help if You’re Unable to Find a Close Friend or Family Member Who Is Willing to Help You Get Through the Situation
If you don’t know anyone who can support you through this challenging time, it’s essential to seek professional help. Many people are trained to help victims of domestic violence and can provide a safe environment for you to work through some of the trauma and stress caused by your abusive relationship.
Some people may not be willing or able to discuss their experiences with someone they know. Finding an online therapist might be the best option for them. Another option is using an anonymous messaging app like Kik or Telegram, which allows users to communicate without sharing their personal information (such as name or address).
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to reach out for help. If you feel like your partner is being abusive and controlling in any way, it’s time to get out of the relationship.
The sooner you can do this, the better off everyone will be. It’s also crucial that you understand the trauma that may come from being in an abusive relationship and how it might affect your life in the future.