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Tips for leaving an abusive marriage

On Behalf of | Feb 11, 2022 | Domestic Violence |

An abusive marriage is a tragedy for many people. Some individuals might have a warning that things are going bad and will have time to plan for their departure. Others don’t have that time because things escalate quickly. 

One thing to remember is that there isn’t any amount of physical violence that’s safe. If you’re in an unsafe marriage, be sure that you protect your life and your children. This could mean that you need to leave in a rush and head to a shelter where they can help to hide you from your abuser. 

Gather documents

You need to have some basic documents when you leave. Your photo identification, Social Security card, and birth certificate are some necessary documents. You should also get what you can for the children if you have any. If there are documents that you think you might need, such as bank statements, make copies or take pictures if you’re worried that your partner will notice they’re gone.

Think about finances

Most abusive marriages come with financial abuse. You have to have a way to support yourself. If you have time, start an account to save money. You may even be able to take care of initial expenses by using your credit card. The key to finances is that you should be the only person on the account.

Leave while the abuser is gone

Trying to walk away while your abuser is home might cause even more trouble or lead to violence. If you can remain safe until the abuser leaves, plan to leave in a hurry while they’re gone. This can prevent them from trying to get you to stay in the relationship. Just be sure that you have a plan for where you’re going to go. 

Filing for divorce is one necessary step when you leave an abusive marriage. Finding someone who can protect your rights against your abuser is critical. You need to know that you have someone who’s putting your best interests first. Learn about the options you have for your case so you can make informed decisions. 

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