Get the Facts...

Leaving the Relationship

If you're in an unhealthy relationship where you're not getting the respect that you deserve, leaving it is the best thing you can do for yourself. It will take a lot of courage and resolve, but you can do it with support from the people who care about you.

You will feel a lot better physically, emotionally, and mentally. You will finally be free of your ex's abusive and controlling behavior.

After the relationship

Just because you've left an abusive relationship doesn't mean the risk of abuse is over. Your ex may start stalking you or calling you constantly. He or she may make threats or plead with you to come back. Here are some tips to help you stay safe and have peace of mind.

  • Tell your parents what's going on, especially since your ex may stop by your home and demand to know where you are.
  • Talk with friends or adults you trust so they can look out for your safety.
  • Talk to school officials. They can alert school security about your ex and take other measures to make you feel safe at school.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas at school and hangout spots.
  • Don't walk home alone.
  • If you go to parties or events where your ex might be, go with good friends.