If you are planning to leave a relationship, be aware that physical violence often escalates during periods of separation and around the time that someone files for divorce or child support. This can be true even if the relationship was not previously physically violent.
If you are worried about your safety, take these steps to protect yourself:
- Create a safety plan before you leave or file for divorce. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to stay safe. You can learn more about safety planning here: The National Domestic Violence Hotline – Path to Safety.
- Think through the steps you need to take before you leave the relationship. A good list can be found here: The National Domestic Violence Hotline – Leaving a Relationship.
- Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline and talk to someone who can help you think through your options and talk about your concerns.
Talk to family and friends about what is going on so that they can be prepared to help you and your family if the need arises. You can get child support safely.