If these red flags describe your relationship, it's time to leave—now. "The biggest message that I can share is you cannot do it entirely alone," Gavin says. "And the good news is you don't have to."
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit TheHotline.org today.
Gavin's advice on how to safely leave a violent situation with children
Gavin says many women are reluctant to seek help at their local battered women's shelters, but he says it's the safest place for a woman and her family. "If you're in a situation where you believe violence is going to continue, a battered women's shelter is the best help you can get," he says. "They know about the escape plan. They know what to do with the kids. They know what to do with the pets. They know what to do with the bank account."
Still not sure? Take Gavin's assessment to see if you could be in a life-threatening relationship
A mother's fight for life