Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
Abusive relationships are an all too real thing in today’s society. So, what causes people to stay? Sometimes individuals stay because of the deep connection they have formed, and sometimes there are other reasons. One thing that’s true though is that abusive relationships are unhealthy and detrimental to both involved. Leaving may seem impossible, but it does not have to be.
Here’s a list of 5 steps for leaving an abusive relationship:
1. Remember, the abuse is real. All too often, it has been found that the abused person minimizes and disregards the abuse that is occurring. Hint: If it feels like abuse, then most likely it is.
2. Remember, help is available and ready for you. There are many organizations that have been formed just for this reason. One such organization is National Domestic Violence Hotline who can provide shelter, legal services and group therapy when needed. They can be reached at: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224.
3. When reaching out for help over the internet, be sure to hide your activities. This is a critical time for you seeking help. Be sure that your abuser can’t prevent any progress by knowing your plans.
4. Don’t forget the underlying reasons for falling into a dysfunctional relationship in the first place. Is it low self-esteem or depression? Both can make it hard to leave when the abuse begins. Reaching out to a therapist can help you gain the confidence you might need to leave the relationship.
5. Explore what caused you to stay so that you don't fall into another similar situation. Psychotherapy is a great way to explore yourself in a safe, supportive environment, where you can examine patterns and develop new tools for healthier relationships.
Are you in a abusive relationship? If so, remember: There is a way out. Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing guide you as you restore yourself in a safe supportive environment.
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