Finding out you’re pregnant can be daunting as it is. The reality of navigating pregnancy with the shadow of an abusive relationship isn’t something you should have to worry about.

If you are in this heartbreakingly difficult situation, know you are not alone. Remember, your safety and well-being are the most important things.

The First Step

Within this darkness, there is hope and avenues for support. Recognize that the abuse is not your fault, nor is it something you have to face alone. Deciding to reach out for help is a profound act of bravery.

Before doing anything, you should contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. You can call, chat, or text. They are equipped to help get you the help you deserve to get out of an unacceptable position. You deserve more.

Abusive Relationships During Pregnancy

An abusive relationship can get worse during pregnancy. 1 in 6 women experience abuse for the first time in their life during a pregnancy.

Abuse of any kind during pregnancy can lead to a miscarriage, early (preterm) labor, or other health problems for you and your baby.

If you haven’t shared your pregnancy news with your partner due to concerns about a violent reaction, it’s important to remember that you are not obligated to disclose this information. This pregnancy is, above all, your decision.

Making A Plan

Don’t wait for violence to take action. You should begin making a plan.

Secure a place to stay that’s safe. Reach out to family or friends you trust. You can also discuss shelters near you with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. 

Next, gathering items you’ll need when you leave is crucial. This includes identification for yourself, any medical records related to your pregnancy, financial documents, and a small stash of money if possible. 

Having these things readily available can speed up your departure and assist in establishing your independence once you’ve left. This preparation can reduce the need to return to a dangerous situation once you’ve managed to get away.

Additional Support

Escaping an abusive relationship while pregnant requires careful planning and support. With all the stress you’re already under, it can be difficult to take action.

You can contact us at A Hope Center for additional resources or just a safe and compassionate place to voice your concerns.

Make a no-cost appointment today. We also offer no-cost pregnancy services to help support you during this critical time. 

*A Hope Center does not provide or refer for abortions.