One of the most important things Crisis Services does, and what a victim or loved one can do, is to come up with a safety plan, Crabtree said.
Victims are not free to leave the relationship any time they want, she said. Most victims report being injured while trying to leave.
“The reason for planning to leave, even though it sounds sneaky, is because it is safer,” Crabtree said.
The former Athens victim of domestic abuse knows Crisis Services can work.
“Until we come to know that we can make a change and the importance of that change outweighs the fear that keeps us in the abuse, our lives are stifled,” she said. “Having resources to help can turn it all around.”
If you are a domestic abuse victim considering escape, you can call the Athens office at 256-232-0280 or the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week help line at 256-716-1000.