When love isn’t as it should be

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While it can be easy to get caught up in the marketing of February as a month of romance, the sobering reality is that many people feel trapped in relationships that are wildly different than they expected them to be – marked by manipulation, violence, or verbal, emotional, or financial abuse.

The idea of celebrating romantic relationships this month can cause distress for those who’ve experienced intimate partner violence and escaped, as well as people who want to leave a dangerous relationship but fear for their safety or are being manipulated in ways that make it difficult to do so.

If your partner has ever made you feel fearful or intimidated, or you’ve encountered verbal or emotional abuse, it could be a red flag for increased manipulation or physical violence down the road. If there’s any doubt in your mind about whether your relationship is healthy, reach out to our advocates 24/7 at 1-844-237-2331 to talk it out – confidentially.

Our advocates help people become survivors on their own terms, acknowledging that the same course of action doesn’t work for everyone.

Our advocates collaborate with people to identify and get to safe spaces. We help them design a safety plan to fit their specific situation and needs. We empower people to consider all their options and ultimately make the best decisions for them and their families.

Consider how you might acknowledge the spirit of this month by supporting survivors. Here are some ideas for spreading love in healthy and meaningful ways:

  • Be an #EverydayAdvocate for survivors of domestic, intimate partner, and sexual violence.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member you haven’t spoken to recently.
  • Volunteer with The Center or another organization whose mission you’re passionate about.
  • Perform random acts of kindness.