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Can you escape an abusive relationship safely?

When you discover that your relationship is abusive and you need to quickly get away, it can be difficult to identify where to begin in Florida. Moving too quickly or without a second thought to the evidence you leave behind could potentially worsen your situation and compromise your safety. Fortunately, there are proactive steps you can take to make preparations to leave without indicting yourself or creating more danger. 

According to womenshealth.gov, developing a safety plan will help you to be better prepared to leave. Additionally, a well-thought out plan can help you keep things in perspective even under pressure. Here are some of the important things you should remember:

  • Have supplies ready: Should you end up needing to leave at a moment's notice, keep a hidden collection of things you would want to take.
  • Make doubles: Consider having another cellphone on hand and a different set of car keys so you can still escape even if your abuser has tried to prevent you from doing so.
  • Go undetected: If you are looking up information online or preparing different documents, consider using a public computer where you can download information without your abuser finding out.
  • Have a hideout: Identify people who you trust who would be willing to let you come and stay when you are able to escape.

Sometimes, requesting a court-ordered protection order can give you extra security. When you are able to leave, do your best to take evidence of your abuse and document it in a timely manner. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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