How To Help A Friend?

How to Help a Friend who is in an Abusive Relationship

  • LEARN as much as you can about domestic violence. The greatest difficulties victims face are overcoming the emotional, physical, legal, and financial hurdles that are consequences of their victimization.
  • LISTEN. A sympathetic ear is sometimes the best help you can give.
  • BELIEVE what they say and try to help them find a safe place to stay. Never underestimate their fear or danger. Call the local crisis line, shelter, or domestic violence program.
  • VOLUNTEER. You can make a difference simply by driving someone to the grocery store, babysitting, accompanying her to court, or by donating basic household goods.

IF YOU ARE A TEEN IN A VIOLENT DATING RELATIONSHIP:
Decide who you feel you can trust to tell:

  • friend
  • parent
  • teacher
  • relative
  • police officer
  • pastor