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Getting help for Domestic Violence

An individual woman who is living in an abusive situation is sure to feel confounded and overwhelmed. It is important for you to remember that the violence you face is not your fault and that you are not alone. There is support available that can help you restore yourself and your loved ones to a non-violent life.

If you have made the decision to leave, you may be frightened and confused. However, don't wait! The good news is that there are many resources available for abused and battered women, including shelters where you can stay and legal services that you can avail of. You deserve to live free of fear. You can make that happen by taking steps to protect yourself and reaching out for help.



If you're trying to decide whether to stay or leave, you may be feeling confused, uncertain, frightened, and torn. Getting out of an abusive or violent relationship isn't easy. One moment, you may desperately want to get away, and the next, you may want to hang on to the relationship. Maybe you're still hoping that things will change. Maybe you're afraid of what your partner will do if he discovers you're trying to leave. Maybe you are dependent on your partner financially. Maybe you have children who you are afraid of losing if you leave. Whatever your reasons, you probably feel trapped and helpless. You probably even blame yourself for the abuse or feel weak and embarrassed because you've stuck around in spite of it.  Do not blame your self for this confusion and do not consider yourself weak for not being able to make the decision. You are an expert on your life and you know what is best for you.

No matter what you choose to do, it is important to know that there are ways to survive and to negotiate non-violence. Dealing with any kind of abuse is a struggle. We often feel frightened, confused, frustrated, angry or sad. It is important to express these feelings and talk to someone that you can trust. Counselling sessions, will enable you to access/develop internal resources required to recover and heal from your past experiences and provide you with the necessary support you need during this difficult time period.

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