How to get out of an abusive relationship

Being in a relationship is a beautiful thing. The idea of being in love and having someone love you wholeheartedly. However, when love turns into abusive then it might be time to leave that relationship.

According to the South African Police Services, in 2017-2018, 67.3% of reported domestic abuse cases in South Africa involved physical violence.

As hard as it is to leave an abusive relationship, it is necessary rather than leaving the relationship in a body bag.

Here are tips on how to leave an abusive relationship.

Acknowledge the abuse

Victims of abuse tend to be in denial and minimize the abuse with the fear of having it known by people. Please note that not all abuse is physical. It’s usually emotional or psychological.

When you acknowledge the abuse, it makes it easier to plan your exit.

Reach out for help

Getting help is the second step after acknowledgment. There are many organisations that are excellent at helping you through the transition of escaping an abusive relationship.

Plan your escape

Getting out of a toxic and abusive relationship is not that easy. Planning your escape is very important. Try by all means to have an emergency of everything from cash to an overnight bag and a different phone number.

Make sure your escape plan is extremely private. The fewer people know, the better.

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