It is your Human Right to live free from abuse.
What should I do if I think I know someone being abused?
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or the emergency number in your community.
Put her safety first. Never talk to anyone about abuse in front of their suspected abuser. Unless she specifically asks for it, never give her materials about domestic abuse or leave information through voice messages or emails that might be discovered by her abuser. However, abuse thrives in secrecy, so speak up if you can do so safely.
If she wants to talk, listen. If she doesn’t, simply tell her she does not deserve to be harmed and that you are concerned for her safety and there is help available. Ask her if there is anything you can do to help, but don’t offer to do anything that makes you uncomfortable or feels unsafe.
If she decides to stay in the relationship, try not to judge her. Remember, leaving an abuser can be extremely dangerous (depending on the situation). Sometimes, the most supportive thing you can offer a woman who is being abused is to simply listen to her.
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