Scared to leave? There are ways out of an abusive relationship

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Scared to leave? There are ways out of an abusive relationship

Exiting an abusive relationship is not as easy as just walking out the door. Here is how and when to do it

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For all of its many qualities, one of the major blotches on SA’s reputation is our terrible record with gender-based violence. Whether in a pandemic or not, whether alcohol is banned or not, our rates of femicide and violence against women remain catastrophically high.

Often those who find themselves in abusive relationships are confronted by well-intentioned but unhelpful advice, such as “just pack your bags and leave”. Family law expert and founder of the legal wellness company Impassion – Transcend Yourself, Jennifer Stoler, explains how exiting an abusive relationship is not as easy as just walking out the door and how to do it when one is ready.

A lot of people ask why GBV victims don’t just leave. Why do you think they don’t?..

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