Domestic violence brings about devastating effects especially to children. This kind of abuse can haunt them until they become adults. Therefore, it will become a vicious cycle that will be passed from one generation to another. This can happen to anyone — young or old, rich or poor. Early intervention is the key to prevent domestic violence and abuse.
- Know the signs if your partner is about to abuse you. Assess the danger that can be inflicted to you or to your children by identifying the degree of force your partner may use. You may also try to use the methods you have tried before to lessen your partner’s anger.
- Leave to avoid an abusive situation from occurring. Going on a stroll outside your house can help. This may help diffuse your partner’s anger.
- Create a safe area in your house. This area should be weapon free and there should be an escape. Keep a phone charged in that room so that you can call an emergency hotline immediately when the abuse begins.
- Let your friends and neighbors know the situation. Give them signs like turning on a certain light to alert them.
- Educate your children. Tell them not to meddle if you and your partner fight and to go to a safe area whenever it happens. Moreover, you have to explain that violence is never right.
- If you plan to escape, make a thorough plan on how you will do it, prepare money, and pack your clothes for the escape.
Never try to endure an abusive relationship. Not only will it cause damage to you. It will also affect your children. There are many ways to end it. You just have to be courageous enough to do it. Don’t lose hope.