Robin Gauthier, the Executive Director of the Samaritan House,said survivors need to have a well-thought-out plan. She said sometimes, they leave and go back to the abuser because they struggle with finances or housing.

“You have to have a really good plan and a really good safety plan to keep safe,” said Gauthier.

Samaritan House has 14 different shelters that are not publicly known.

According to their website, they can help with the legal process, emergency and permanent housing, and securing protective orders, along with support.