Note: Many single parents need support to cope with the breakup of a relationship or the death of a partner. Domestic abuse is a common cause of relationship breakdown. Coercive control can continue for a long time after separation, notably over child contact. Be aware that, when there is domestic abuse, leaving can be a time of increased risk to a non-abusing partner and their children. Your and your children’s safety are paramount. It is important to get specialist help. You can find out more from our Advice and Information Service.

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