Help for Family & Friends

Are you concerned that someone you care about is experiencing abuse?

Maybe you’ve noticed some warning signs, including:

  • Their partner puts them down in front of other people

  • They are constantly worried about making their partner angry

  • They make excuses for their partner’s behavior

  • Their partner is extremely jealous or possessive

  • They have unexplained marks or injuries

  • They’ve stopped spending time with friends and family

  • They are depressed or anxious, or you notice changes in their personality
     

If someone you love is being abused, it can be so difficult to know what to do. Your instinct may be to “save” them from the relationship, but it’s not that easy. After all, there are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, and leaving can be a very dangerous time for a victim.

Find out below some helpful tips to keep in mind.

Source: The National Domestic Violence Hotline

At a Loss for What to Say?

ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ARE IN A VERY DIFFICULT AND SCARY SITUATION, BE SUPPORTIVE AND LISTEN.

Let them know that the abuse is not their fault. Reassure them that they are not alone and that there is help and support out there. It may be difficult for them to talk about the abuse. Let them know that you are available to help whenever they may need it. What they need most is someone who will believe and listen.

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