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Taking action to ensure the safety of yourself and your children

Being in an abusive relationship can be frightening, traumatic and it can also be difficult to recognize when you are in one. It takes a great deal of courage and determination to leave an abusive relationship, and it also requires that you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your children safe.

If you feel that you are in danger at any time, you should call the police. When the police are called on allegations of domestic abuse, it is possible that they will give the victim of the abuse an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) that grants immediate legal protection from abuse.

What type of behavior is domestic violence?

Domestic violence and domestic abuse can include a combination of many different types of behavior. Everyone has the right to feel safe and loved in a romantic relationship. If you feel scared or controlled in a relationship, it is important to take action in order you protect yourself.

While physical abuse such as hitting, punching and slapping is the most common and obvious indication of domestic abuse, it does not need to include physical attacks in order for it to be considered domestic abuse. Perhaps your partner has been bullying you, making you feel worthless or taking control of your finances. All such behaviors are unacceptable, and it is possible to take legal action against such behavior.

If you want to protect yourself and your children against a past or current domestic partner, it is important to call the police if you suspect that you are in immediate danger.

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