Our expert says:
Plan to leave as soon as you can make plans to do so safely, and with the children --- call a local agency like POWA wich provides special advice and help to abused women, for more specific advice on how to do so and how to keep yourself and the children, safe. You could then also, with their help, apply to the court for a restraining order forbidding him from approaching you. And you could apply for him to have to pay maintenance to help with the costs of your caring for the kids. Once you are safely out, don't consider taking him back unless, perhaps, he has sincerely undergone a lengthy period of proper expert counselling to break his bad abusive habits. And even then, be cautious. DO not accept mere apologies --- abusers almost always apologise, and then go on to abuse again
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