How to Talk to a Friend

It is often dif­fi­cult to talk to a friend who is in an abu­sive rela­tion­ship. Remem­ber that all sit­u­a­tions are dif­fer­ent and that you are try­ing to help your friend. So don’t judge her/him or her/his choices.

Before you offer your assis­tance, exam­ine your lim­i­ta­tions and respon­si­bil­i­ties. Help­ing a friend in an abu­sive sit­u­a­tion can be dif­fi­cult. You need to edu­cate your­self on what may be expected of you. Con­tact a local ser­vice provider for more infor­ma­tion.

Here are some sug­ges­tions on what to say to a friend.

  • I am afraid for your safety and the safety of your children.
  • You are not alone.f
  • I am here for you, if you need any­thing or when you are ready or able to leave.
  • It’s okay to talk about it.
  • There is help for you and your children.
  • You deserve bet­ter than this.
  • I will help you make a safety plan.

Next: There is Help for You and Your Fam­ily in an abu­sive rela­tion­ship.

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