One of the questions most frequently asked of Branches advocates is: “What can I do for a friend or family member who is being abused?”
At first glance, the answer to that question seems simple. The best thing you can do for someone who is a victim of abuse is be supportive. However, being supportive of someone you love, who is experiencing abuse from a partner or ex-partner is no simple task. When you come to the realization that someone you care about is being abused, you are likely to feel a great deal of concern for her. You may even fear for her safety.
Example: “Never being allowed to spend your own money without your partner’s consent sounds like you are being controlled to me.
What does it seem like to you?”
“It is emotionally abusive to belittle someone. Being called names or told that you are stupid is emotional abuse.”
“Being threatened with weapons is dangerous in any circumstance. I am really concerned for your safety when you tell me physical abuse like that is happening. Do you have a safety plan?”
You can help a friend get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL help at Branches Domestic Violence Shelter.
Call our 24-Hour Emergency Hotline at 304-529-2382.
Leaving an abusive relationship can be dangerous. Know your options. Safety planning help begins with a phone call to Branches' 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 304-529-2382. Call now. You have the right to be safe 24/7!