Protecting yourself from the threat of domestic violence may require that you relocate. This can be challenging, but help is available.
Protecting yourself from the threat of domestic violence may require that you relocate to a new area without letting your abuser know where you've gone. This can be challenging, financially and otherwise, but help is available. Be as proactive as possible in seeking help. Start making plans to obtain assistance before you move out of your current residence if at all possible.
Contact a Domestic Abuse Shelter
Contact a domestic abuse shelter or temporary residential center in your area. These facilities provide transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse and their children so you'll have a place to stay while you sort things out. They usually provide other services as well, including assistance with finding jobs and new homes. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a toll-free call away and is available to assist you in locating a local shelter and other resources. Call 800-799-7233.
Enlist the assistance of an advocacy group designed to support and assist victims of domestic violence. Most communities offer one or more types of organizations that have been established to help victims get away from their abusers. Information on these types of organizations and which ones operate in your state is available from the National Women's Health Information Center at 800-994-9662.
Apply for a grant or other type of financial assistance to assist you in relocating and establishing a new home. Churches, governmental agencies and other support groups maintain different types of assistance programs.
Many abusers also tend to be stalkers. Be prudent about who you share information with as you get ready to move and after you leave home. The goal of the relocation process is to put distance between you and your abuser. It's often not a good idea to move in with family or friends, places where your abuser can effortlessly find you.