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In some unhealthy relationships, one person has more power than the other. This can affect how well you and your partner communicate and cooperate as you separate, and it can show up as abusive behaviours. Your and your family's safety may be at risk. If your partner makes you feel anxious or threatened, you should get help. If you are in immediate danger, dial 999 for the police. Women can call the freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 at any time. Men can call the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 which helps men suffering domestic abuse.

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    Safe to Separate

    Everyone has arguments from time to time. When you are separating these can become more frequent. But sometimes one partner is more dominant in the relationship than the other. This can create unhealthy relationships and lead to behaviours that are abusive potentially putting you and your children at increased risk of harm.

    This tool helps you to think about your relationship and consider your safety risks. It gives you an action plan to help you all stay safe during separation.

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    Ready to Separate

    Whether you are you are just going through separation or have been separated for a while, this tool can help you get some clarity and help you think about what to do next.

    You’ll answer some questions about your relationship and family life. You’ll learn about separation, the law, and you'll find support and guidance to help make this difficult time easier for you and your family.

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    Starting to Separate

    Separation is a time of big change. You and your ex-partner will need to many decisions about how you’re going to live your lives apart.

    This tool can help you organise yourself at this busy and emotionally difficult time. Understand your rights and responsibilities and what legal processes you may need to follow and identify issues you and your ex-partner may need to focus on first.

    There’s a lot to think about and understand when you separate. This tool will get you started.

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