You might be reading this and be thinking to yourself, I am in an abusive relationship yet I don't know how to stop it from happening to myself. If you find yourself in this situation then here are some ways to help yourself get out of the relationship. You can contact a domestic violence program, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-7233), or go to a safe house. You can also change your phone number and other contact information, consider getting a restraining/protective order, screen your calls, save and document all contact, messages, injuries, or other incidents involving the abuser, change your locks, avoid being alone, plan how to get away if confronted by the abuser, if you have a restraining or protective order then always have a copy with you and leave a copy at work, find out if there is a domestic violence response policy at your work place and ask questions if you don't understand how it works, or consider joining a support group at a local domestic violence program. You need to know that you are not alone. Many people are going through your same struggle everyday. Never be afraid to try and get out of your current abusive relationship because there is always people out there who are willing to help.