Leave or Stay - Be Safe

Making the decision to leave an abusive relationship can be very difficult and may be complicated if you live with the abuser.


Statistically, it takes 4-7 times to leave an abusive relationship

before you are able to leave it for good.


There are many factors that come into play when making this decision. It may take some time for you to feel you are ready to leave; however, when you are ready - please call us. One of our trained counselors and advocates will help you develop a safety plan so you and your children can remain safe once you leave.


You can call us at our toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-888-711-6270

If you want to break up with someone who has been abusing you, please remember these important safety tips:


  • Do not break up with them alone: bring a friend, go to a public place – you can even break up with them over the phone/via text.

  • Avoid meeting up with them (especially alone) after a break up.

  • If you are alone at home, do not let your ex inside – no matter what they say.

  • Take any and all threats of violence by a partner or former partner seriously!


There are also legal steps you can take to protect yourself and DVCCC’s advocates can guide you every step of the way.Learn more about these services here or contact our agency today to discuss protective options available for you.



The most dangerous and potentially lethal time in an abusive relationship is when the survivor decides to leave – Your safety during this time is important!


If you are in immediate danger call 911.



Call our 24-hour, free hotline 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430

If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 911

If you are in immediate danger and cannot call,

TEXT 911 if you are in Chester County

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Last update: September 2020