No matter how stable and well-adjusted any family may seem to be, life will always throw curve balls. Sometimes, even the most stable families can hit a severe rough patch in which things can spiral out of control, but when families are already dealing with some sort of serious issue and additional pressures mount, things can quickly spiral completely out of control. There may even come a point when you may begin to fear for the physical, mental or emotional safety of you or other members of your family. When that happens, it is very important to take steps to secure your safety once again. Here are 3 places to turn when family drama starts getting dangerous.
Extended Family or Friends
One of the difficulties of reaching out for help when family dramas get out of control is that some people can actually make the situation worse rather than better. Even when things may be bad with your loved ones, they are still your loved ones. It can be difficult for family and friends to be supportive and not vilify someone you love. That being said, it is sometimes important to get out of a situation that is quickly turning dangerous before things get out of hand. If you have family or friends that can provide safe shelter while you work things out, it might be a good idea to take it.
Family Law Attorney
Many people think that simply consulting an attorney will lead to divorce or that attorneys will always suggest legal action. Instead, good family attorneys are far more interested in simply helping you understand all of your options and may even warn against taking legal action prematurely. Just consulting an attorney, however, can give you a great deal of peace of mind by simply knowing what your options are. It can also help you better understand how to proceed moving forward.
Counselor or Therapist
When family matters turn ugly, they aren’t going to get better overnight. Whether the issue is between mom and dad, an addicted teen or even a troubled child, the whole family is affected. It is highly important to seek the assistance of a licensed and trained counselor or therapist who can help the entire family move through the situation and potentially put damaged pieces back together again. It is particularly important for young children to feel they have a safe place to verbalize or communicate what they feel is happening, so they can get help processing the situation.