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How to Handle An Abusive Spouse

Partner Abuse

It’s difficult to know what to do in a domestic abuse situation.

Having an abusive partner may leave you feeling trapped and helpless. An angry partner is difficult to handle and dangerous if things get out of control. A lot of people who are trapped in abusive relationships feel like there’s nothing they can do without risking danger of more abuse. But if you continue to wait to confront you partner, you risk bigger problems down the road. If your relationship is abusive, you both need to find help, and there are ways of walking the path to rehabilitation.

Find Someone to Talk to

The first step in confronting an abusive relationship is to talk to someone about it. This may be a therapist or it may be a close friend or family member. The most important thing is to let someone know what it happening so that they can be there to support you through your difficult situation. A confidante can offer you advice for confronting your partner or for leaving them.

Have a Plan

The next time your partner becomes angry, you should have a safe place ready for you to go. This could be a friend’s house or a shelter. It’s also a good idea to keep extra clothes and toiletries in the trunk of your car in case you need to leave. If your partner threatens you as you’re leaving, call the police and file a police report.

Confront Your Partner

You need to let your partner know that it is unacceptable to abuse you. You may want to get a counselor’s advice before you take this step. Your counselor may suggest an “intervention” where the closest people to you and your spouse help to confront your spouse about their anger issues and help them find counseling.

Don’t Accept Excuses

Many perpetrators of domestic violence apologize profusely and promise to never be violent again. It’s nice to believe this, but odds are that the next time a troublesome situation arises, your partner won’t have the ability to practice self-restraint. You need to set a deadline for your partner to start attending counseling, and if they refuse to go or keep coming up with excuses, then it’s time to consider a divorce.


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