Domestic abuse is a serious issue that many people in relationships face throughout the United States. In fact, one website notes that every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten. What is even more alarming is that approximately 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence every year. Although victims of domestic abuse may feel stuck in their current relationship out of fear, it is important that they take any steps necessary to get out of the relationship as soon as possible. A failure to do so can be a matter of life or death.
Take the First Steps Towards Your Future
People in abusive relationships often feel tied to their abusive partner due to several reasons. Whether the couple shares children together or has been married for several years, there is no reason why anyone should have to endure an abusive relationship. If you or someone you know is the victim of an abusive relationship, the following tips can help extract you from the toxic relationship and help you begin the recovery process:
- Make the decision to leave the relationship: The first step in leaving an abusive partner is to consciously decide to do so. Regardless of the love you share with the person, it is imperative that you are ready to break free from his or her grasp;
- Seek outside help: If you feel uncomfortable reaching out to close family or friends, there are several domestic abuse agencies out there that can provide you with the extra support and advice you need to leave the relationship;
- Move out: It is important that you separate yourself from your abusive partner as soon as possible. If you feel uncomfortable facing your partner, pack your bags while he or she is not in the house. It is also important that you have a safe place to stay after you leave; and
- File an order of protection: In some situations, even after leaving your partner, it may be necessary to file an order of protection against him or her to ensure your safety. An order of protection is court mandated and can protect you from any further harassment or contact from your abusive partner. Furthermore, if your partner violates any of the terms of the protective order he or she may be held in contempt of court and face legal consequences.
Contact an Illinois Domestic Violence Lawyer
If you are in an abusive relationship and want out, contact one of our Wheaton domestic violence attorneys at Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C. today. Being in an abusive relationship can be physically and emotionally harmful to you and your loved ones. Our lawyers can help walk you through the process of filing an order of protection against your partner and let you know of any additional available options.