Know the Laws:
UPDATED June 15, 2016
You may want to reach out to an advocate at a local domestic violence organization or at your State Coalition Against Domestic Violence for help with creating a safety plan. To find help in your state, go to our State and Local Programs page.
If you are planning to leave the abuser and there are children involved, we strongly suggest that you get legal advice first if at all possible to help figure out a plan for custody of your children. You can find free and paid lawyers near you on our Finding a Lawyer page.