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Tips on how to help a friend in an abusive relationship…

  • Don’t be afraid to tell your friend that you’re concerned. You can point out that the behavior is not normal and that they deserves a healthy relationship.
  • Refer them to resources that can assist in developing a safety plan, such as VPAC or the Domestic Violence Center.
  • Be non-judgmental. Don’t ask questions like, “Why don’t you just break up?” Respect your friend’s decision to stay or to leave. Many individuals leave and return to abusive relationships multiple times. It is important to support them regardless of what you think is best.