8 Tips On How To End An Abusive Relationship

This morning, I was shocked and horrified to hear Modern Family star Sarah Hyland’s terrifying story about her abusive ex-boyfriend, Matthew Prokop. Sarah and Matthew dated for close to five years, but ended things a few weeks ago. They broke up because of Matthew’s abuse, and Sarah recently had to take a restraining order out against him. In court, she said that Matthew had choked her before, leaving her with a sore throat and vocal injuries.

According to reports, Sarah got her Modern Family mom, actress Julie Bowen, to help her end the relationship because she was so scared – which was good, because Sarah said he threw a lighter at her. Sarah also reported that, after the breakup, Matthew was sending her endless text messages and threatening her by saying she would never see her dog again, or that he would burn her house down.

This report is so upsetting and awful to hear. Judging from their cute past Instagram photos, I never would have guessed that Matthew was both physically and emotionally abusive towards Sarah. They always seemed like the cutest, happiest couple. This just goes to show that you never know what is actually going on in a relationship behind the scenes – and that’s really scary.

The way Matthew treated, and is treating, Sarah is unacceptable. I’m so happy that Sarah was able to end the relationship and get a restraining order against him, and I really hope that she can now begin the process of moving on. Unfortunately, Sarah is not the only girl out there to deal with a relationship like this – far from it. So many women are dating guys who abuse them. While it’s easy to tell them to just end things, it’s much harder to actually end things. If you’re dating someone who abuses you, please follow in Sarah’s footsteps and break up with this person. I know how hard and scary this can be. Here are 8 tips on how to end an abusive relationship – or at least to start thinking about it.

Have you been in an abusive relationship? How did you end your abusive relationship? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.

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