Trying to leave an abusive relationship is never easy. With the hopes that things will be different or fear of what will happen next, walking away isn’t always the first choice in mind. Whatever reasons you may have of holding on, it is important to know that you don’t have to feel trapped as help is available within a phone call away.
If you’re faced with the decision of whether to leave or stay, here are 3 signs that it’s time to get out now.
Hoping Your Abuser Will Change Their Behavior
If the abuse has happened once, it will likely happen again. Abusers have anger along with psychological and emotional problems. While we all hope that they would make a change for the better, it will not be easy and must be done willingly. The change will only happen when they take responsibility for their actions and seek professional treatment.
You Believe You Can Help Change Your Abuser
As humans, it is only natural that you want to help your loved ones. You might think that you are the only one who understands them and that it is your responsibility to help them. However, staying with them as they continue to abuse will only allow this abusive behavior towards you. This will not only reserve the effects of your abuser, you will allow them to continue.
Your Abuser Promised To Stop
When left as drastic measures, abusers will often beg for another chance to be forgiven and a promise to change their ways. However, while they might mean what they say at that moment, their ultimate goal is to keep you in control and prevent you from leaving them.
Understanding these signs will help you build up the courage to leave and understand that your abuser will not change. If you are afraid of what your abuser will do, don’t wait until it is too late to seek help and get out of a dangerous situation.