What to do if you’re living in an abusive home

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) There are many resources on how to spot the signs of abuse and the effects of abuse, but what if you are living in an abusive home?

Abuse can take on many forms, most often physical, sexual, and emotional. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services says it’s important to remember that you aren’t to blame. If you are affected by someone’s anger:

  • Set clear boundaries about what you will and won’t tolerate
  • Wait for a time when you are both calm to talk about the anger problem
  • Remove yourself from the situation if the other person does not calm down

If you are having a hard time standing up for yourself, consider counseling or therapy for yourself. Always put your safety first. If you feel unsafe or threatened, get away and go somewhere safe. For help from domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.ndvh.org.

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