It can be very difficult to make a decision on whether to stay in or leave an abusive relationship. You may feel very isolated and frightened and think that no-one will care or believe you. Many people do go on to rebuild their lives after an abusive relationship and there is support available to help you keep safe.

Leaving can be a dangerous time, as your abuser may try to prevent you from leaving, prevent you from taking your children with you or pursue you after you have left. You do have the right to live free from violence and fear. If you decide you want to leave, and it is not an emergency, complete the Safety Plan on the Keeping Safe page and discuss your options with someone you trust or one of the helplines on this page.