Leaving a violent relationship is hard. Deciding to leave, figuring out how to do it, and the steps that follow are a long process. When you are also trying to be a good parent, things can feel overwhelming. But you don’t have to do it alone! This site is meant to answer some of your questions. It also provides information that may help as you and your children adjust to your new life and begin to heal.
There is lots of information on this website. Remember that you don’t need to do everything at once. This will probably be a long and challenging process but it is worth it in the end. Try to be patient with yourself and your children. Just take it one step at a time.
*An Important Note About This Website*
If you are still living with the abuser, or if your children have contact with him/her, the information on this site should be used carefully. When a child learns about healthy/unhealthy relationships or alternatives to violence he or she may challenge the abuser. Unfortunately, this may be dangerous as the abuser could turn the violence towards your child. If your child is old enough to understand, you can talk about safe people that he or she can share this information with. If you think your child will have problems identifying safe people then it is probably best, at least for now, to just focus on safety. There will be time to learn and use the other information later.
Right now, you and your children’s safety is the most important thing to consider.