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How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship
Watching a friend deal with an abusive relationship can be difficult—you may not understand why they're staying in a bad relationship or not know how to help them. Helping a friend in an abusive relationship may also feel like a huge responsibility that you're not ready to take on by yourself—and you shouldn't have to. If you want to help a friend but you're feeling overwhelmed, you can contact a local domestic violence program for help. And you can encourage your friend to do so, too!
Click this link for tips from LoveIsRespect on how to help a friend.
Are you wondering if you should call the police on their behalf? LoveIsRespect has advice about that, too. Click here.
The one page flier attached below includes suggestions for how to help a friend in an abusive relationship. Consider distributing this handout at a DV program, in schools, amongst friends, or elsewhere in your community. There is a space to include a local program's contact information.