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Help a Friend

Be supportive. Listen to your friend or family member. Remember that 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 to them.

Be non-judgmental. Respect your friend or family member's decisions. There are many reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships. They may leave and return to the relationship many times. Do not criticize their decisions. They will need your support even more during those times.

Encourage them to talk to people who can provide help and guidance. A Woman's Place (AWP) provides counseling, and support groups. Offer to go with them to talk to family and friends. If they have to go to the police, court, or a lawyer, offer to go along for moral support.

Remember that you cannot "rescue" them. Although it is difficult to see someone you care about get hurt, ultimately the person getting hurt has to be the one to decide that they want to do something about it. It's important for you to support them and help them find a way to safety and peace.

Please call our 24-hour Hotline at 800.220.8116 to discuss your concerns and questions.