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.
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.