Being in a relationship where your partner is abusive to you is known as intimate partner violence, which puts your safety at risk. It’s not always easy to immediately walk out of an abusive relationship. But working on a plan to make sure that you are safe and ready to go when it’s time is a good first step.
Abuse comes in many forms and is not only physical. Learn about the different types of abuse here.
What’s a safety plan?
You may or may not be ready to walk away from an unhealthy relationship today but having a safety plan is important. A safety plan is a plan that you think about and start working on in case your partner is abusive toward you again or if you’ve made the decision to leave and need to plan before time. Here are some things to think about when working on your safety plan:
It is also a good idea to share your safety plan with someone close to you who you trust so they can help you. An abusive partner can sometimes become more violent or scare you so that you don’t leave. This is why it’s important to have a safety plan and get as much support from your loved ones.
Remember, abuse in any form is NEVER your fault and help is available for you.
It’s also important to know that abuse is not limited to relationships between men and women. Abuse can happen in any kind of relationship.
You can go to your local clinic and speak to a healthcare provider, social worker, counsellor, or psychologist and get the support you need. Find your nearest facility here. It’s also important to report your abuser at your nearest police station.
Trained counsellors at loveLife are also available to give you guidance. You can reach them here:
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For more information on what abuse is and the different types above, click here.
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