How To Help a Friend

Remem­ber, it is dif­fi­cult to help a friend who is liv­ing in a home where there is domes­tic vio­lence. If you know a friend who is, you should talk to an adult: your par­ents, a teacher, a coun­selor or some­one you trust. If your friend is being phys­i­cally hurt or threat­ened, do not put your­self in the mid­dle because you may get hurt. Call 911 for help immediately!

Things you can do to help:

  • Get informed. It is impor­tant for you to know about what you can do before help­ing a friend. The more you know about her/his options, the more help­ful you will be to her/him. Check out the “There is Help for You” page.
  • Let them know you are there to lis­ten if they need to talk.
  • Let them know you believe them.
  • Tell them that the abuse is not their fault.
  • Let them know that they are not alone and that other kids live in sim­i­lar homes.
  • Let them know that there are adults who can help them. Give them the names of ser­vices in your town or city.
  • Get help for your­self, too. It is impor­tant for you to talk with some­one about your feel­ings about what is happening.

 

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