It is normal to have a hard time deciding what to do when
you are in an abusive relationship. You are not alone.
There is help. Here are some options and issues you can
STAYING IN THE RELATIONSHIP : If you stay, you can find support and
safety. If you’re called names how can you take care of yourself
emotionally? What friends can you trust? Is there a safe place to stay in
case you need to leave for a few days if it gets dangerous or if you need a
PLANNING TO LEAVE: If you might want to leave, it takes planning. How can
you get money? Will you be safe at home? When can you leave? Will you
take legal action? Need an attorney? How will your partner react? What
might prevent you from leaving safely? With time and support you can
make a plan to leave.
LEAVING THE RELATIONSHIP: If you have decided to leave it can be a big
life change that is scary if you are in danger. Will you have to move or
change jobs so you can’t be found? Stop talking to certain friends? Take a
break from social media? Call the police or get a protective order? A new
life is possible even if it is hard to imagine.
SUPPORT AND SAFETY PLANNING: No matter what you decide you can build your support system and find ways to be safer…………….
FOR HELP CALL….(County or State)
Montgomery County Crisis Center 24 hr : 240-777-4000
Prince Georges Family Crisis Center Inc: 301-731-1203
House of Ruth, MD 24hr Hotline:410-889-7884
State Wide 24 hr Helpline:1-800-634-3577; Emergency:911
National Domestic Hotline : 1-800-799-7233
Ref:”It Shouldn’t Hurt To Go Home “( Excerpts ) p18. The Domestic Violence Victims Hand Book, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.