Leaving an abusive relationship when you’re single is hard enough, but when there are children involved it can become a lot more complicated.
Lawyer, Krista Duncan Black, shares some of the important measures a victim of abuse with children must take when planning to escape the abusive relationship.
These include, amongst others;
- The victim should make private preparation to leave to avoid a violent encounter
- They should keep detailed records of the abuse including dates and times of the abuse, photos of the injuries and medical records obtained
- The victim should set aside money, pack provisions and hide it in place the abuser would not look
- Arrange for a safe place to stay
- Immediately apply for a protective order and custody of the children upon leaving the relationship.
For a more detailed list of measures to take and a list of the factors that the courts consider when making a custody award, then read the full article here.