How to prepare to leave a relationship of domestic violence

If you are considering leaving a relationship marred by domestic violence, we are here to help you navigate this challenging journey.
Domestic violence goes beyond physical harm; it includes emotional, financial, and technological abuse. It can affect anyone, regardless of gender.

Leaving an abusive relationship is tough, but you don't have to do it alone. Seek help from friends, family, and professionals like your doctor or a Family Law solicitor. Contact national helplines, like 1800RESPECT, for comprehensive assistance.
  • Being prepared is crucial.

    Create a safety plan with support services. This plan includes packing essential items in an escape bag, ensuring you are ready to leave quickly if needed.
  • Domestic violence can impact physical and mental health.

    Encourage seeking medical and mental health support for both yourself and any affected children. Helplines like 1800RESPECT, Beyond Blue, and MensLine Australia are available for additional assistance.
  • Abusers often use technology to control victims.

    Change settings and passwords cautiously. Organizations like WESNET and eSafety online provide resources for dealing with technology-facilitated abuse.
  • The housing crisis in many areas poses challenges.

    Have a plan for short-term accommodation and reach out to local services for help.
  • Financial control is common in abusive relationships.

    Encourage contacting Centrelink for advice and exploring assistance programs offered by banks. Seeking legal advice may involve filing for financial support.
If safety is at risk, contact the Police. Understand the effectiveness of Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs) and the legal avenues available for obtaining them.
Understanding your legal rights is vital. Seek advice from experienced family lawyers.
At Genuine Legal, we stand against domestic violence, and our team is here to support you.
Feel free to contact us! You can Book your free 1-hour consultation on our website or by phone at (07) 2113 4646.
After hours and urgent assistance mobile: +61 405 064 960 (Principal Solicitor).
Leaving an abusive relationship is challenging, but with support and guidance, you can take steps towards a safer future. Remember, you are not alone. Reach out, seek help, and take that first step towards a brighter tomorrow.
If you or someone close to you is experiencing domestic violence, contact the police or 1800RESPECT using their online chat. No one should face this alone.
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