If you’re pregnant and your partner is abusive, it’s essential to seek safety for yourself and your pregnancy. If you’re in immediate danger, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or text “Start” to 88788.
If you’re not in immediate danger, read on to learn how to keep yourself safe.
Remove Yourself from the Situation
You deserve to be safe. Anyone who causes you to feel unsafe is violating that right. Removing yourself from the person or situation causing you to feel unsafe is the best way to ensure your safety.
If you live with your partner, this means moving out and seeking a safe living situation. While this can be difficult, especially if you feel like your partner is your only support system, it’s essential. Every year, “1 in 4 women experience severe intimate partner physical violence.” You don’t want to become part of that statistic.
Don’t know where to go? The Hope Clinic can help. Contact us today for a free, confidential appointment to discuss your options.
If you don’t live with your partner, refusing to see them in private is another way to ensure your safety.
Create a Safety Plan
Even if you move out or refuse to see your partner in private, they may try to violate your wishes. This is why it’s crucial to have a safety plan in place.
A safety plan is a list of actions you can take if your partner becomes abusive. Answering these questions can help you think through your safety plan:
- If my partner shows up at my house uninvited, who can I call? (If you don’t have friends or family to call, simply call 911.)
- Who can I turn to for support and help?
- Where can I go in an emergency situation?
Each situation is unique, so it’s important to think through different scenarios that apply to you. An excellent place to turn is Adams Wells Crisis Center.
You deserve to feel safe, and you’re not alone in this. At The Hope Clinic, we’re here to support you. We offer free pregnancy resources that can help you feel empowered and protected. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment, free of charge.