I need some help. My toxic, retired father is suffocating me after I have moved out of my parents' house. We have had a lot of tension build up for a long time, due to his overbearing, volatile nature, which I would even go as far as classifying as abusive with his extreme temper. I have recently got a new job and moved to the city, however he is not respecting my new autonomy at all. He said he expects me to respond to all of his calls, texts, voice mails (there are multiple of almost each a day) within 24 hours. They aren't even anything that needs attention on and are redundant.
I have been extremely busy getting my life together and have terrible reception in my place. I am switching to a new carrier, although this is beside the point. He does not understand I am not available all the time. I do respond, but I really rather create distance from him because he is unpleasant to be around. He creates fights when he doesn't get what he wants all the time and I'm so tired of this. How do I create space? I want to distance myself from him. I am not sure how to even begin to do this because the tiniest bit of space sets him off. I've been gone only for a week!