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Help a Friend or Family Member Struggling with Domestic Violence!

Is Someone you know struggling with abuse?

Notice the warning signs:

- 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 hard to know how you can help. Many people may think to save them from their current relationship, but it’s not that easy. There are many reasons people stay in Abusive relationships.

Most of the time it is about power, control, and overall dominance in the relationship. On of the best things you can do for your friend or loved one is to encourage them to make their own decisions and reach out!

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.

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 or try to guilt them. They will need your support even more during those times.

If they end that relationship, continue to be supportive of them

Even though the relationship was abusive, your friend or family member may still feel sad and lonely once it is over. They will need time to mourn the loss of the relationship and will especially need your support at that time.

Encourage Them To Reach Out!

Homesafe is available anytime of the day! We offer Emergency Shelter, Legal Services, and much more! We can be reached at 440-992-2727 or 1-800-95-ABUSE Homesafe is here providing safety and support!

Please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are here to help.

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