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Planning to Leave an Abusive Relationship?

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on aspects you may be considering if you would like to leave an abusive relationship, to normalize these states of mind and help you feel understood during your journey of growth and healing. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach. Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you! Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid. Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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Leaving an abusive relationship can be a difficult decision to make. Many individuals who have faced intimate partner violence or domestic violence have faced the dilemma around making a decision to get out – some of them have chosen to get out of these abusive relationships, and some have stayed. Regardless, the choice is yours to make, and however difficult it may be to implement, remember, you are NOT alone, and there is help around you. If you make the decision to leave, remember, you have the right to leave, and you have every right to seek help in order to do so. It is about you taking control of your mind, your body, your space and your freedom – and you have every right to do so.

It can be a difficult task to decide to leave, and it is understandably pressuring. Here are some things you can keep in mind while you embark on taking and implementing the decision to leave:

You have every right and deserve to feel safe, be safe and have that safety respected and protected.

Family, relatives and intimate partners should not threaten your safety, cause you harm, threaten you with harm or even make you vulnerable to abuse of any kind – be it physical, emotional, financial, psychological, verbal or any other form of abuse.

You have every right to be in control over your life and your choices as a corollary.

In any relationship, it is important that you feel comfortable, safe and as an equal member.

It is understandable that when you face violence in a relationship, you will feel vulnerable, uncertain, fear, mistrust and even experience low confidence and self-esteem.

It is a good idea to talk to someone who you trust about your feelings and your decision to leave.

It is a good idea to identify what you need to and want to take.

It is a good idea to identify who you will turn to for legal help and police support.

Take the help of restraining orders.

Take the help of a shelter for survivors of domestic violence or an organization committed to supporting survivors of domestic violence.

When you are preparing to leave, remember:

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