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Nurturing relationships after escaping an abusive situation

When people have been the victims of domestic violence in Florida, one of their greatest challenges is finding a way to escape their relationship and find a place that is safe. Often, this requires thorough planning and careful execution. The slightest misstep could create a major danger or reveal the plan to escape. Once safely away from their abuser, victims are often faced with the emotional trauma of their ordeal, and they have to find ways to overcome their fears to be able to live a successful life. 

According to the Huffington Post, over 38,000,000 women experience some kind of abuse during their lifetime, and over 4,000,000 women in the United States are the victims of domestic violence every year. Most of these incidents are between intimate partners. In the United States, three women are killed every day at the hands of an abuser who is often a former male partner. 

For women who are able to escape violence and move forward, it can be incredibly challenging for them to nurture positive relationships after suffering serious abuse. Livestrong.com suggests some things that they can do including the following:

  • They should take their time and enjoy forming new relationships.
  • They should seek professional intervention, counseling and therapy.
  • They should make sure they are legally protected from their abuser.
  • They should become educated about what abuse is so they can avoid being a victim again in the future.

They should also learn to recognize triggers so they can monitor their emotional state and avoid things that will be upsetting or frightening. They may even benefit from discussing their concerns with potential partners in an effort to be understood. 

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