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Can you safely escape an abusive relationship?

Finding yourself caught in the middle of an abusive relationship is often alarming and debilitating. While it is critical to get out immediately and seek protection and safety, doing so can bring with it an onslaught of challenges and dangers. Fortunately, with the right approach, there is a way to safely escape an abusive relationship and move on.

Psychology Today wrote an article that shared several stories of individuals who had experiences with domestic violence. One woman in particular, took several well-thought precautions to discreetly remove herself from a dangerous situation without leaving clues along the way. If you are looking to leave an abusive relationship, here are some of the things she did that you could benefit from doing as well:

  • Establish a safe place to go, and be in contact with the people or place you will be staying at to guarantee you have reliable shelter.
  • Find creative ways to make a little cash, and open a personal bank account for safekeeping. Some ideas include selling clothing or unused household items.
  • Have a secret code word to use in times of emergency. Inform someone you trust of this secret code and if in a dangerous circumstance, text the word for immediate help.
  • Carefully remove cherished possessions and sentimental items from your home in a discreet manner. For example, you may remove some items when your spouse is at work or out with friends. Give these items to someone you trust.
  • On the day you leave, change your phone number immediately.

Statistics show that injuries related to domestic violence reach nearly 2 million each year. You can avoid becoming part of this statistic by carefully plotting your escape before it is too late.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.

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