Relationships and Safety
Every woman has the right to live her life safely and free of violence. Yet one in four women in the United States experiences violence from an intimate partner. Intimate partner violence includes domestic abuse, sexual assault, verbal and emotional abuse, coercion, and stalking. Violence and abuse can cause physical and emotional problems that last long after the abuse. If you’ve experienced violence or abuse, it is never your fault, and you can get help.
1. How to help a friend who is being abused?
Whether you suspect that a friend or family member is being abused or you witnessed someone being abused, you can take steps to help.
2. What are signs that someone may be abused?
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, some warning signs include the following:
Their partner insults them in front of other people.
They are constantly worried about making their partner angry.
They make excuses for their partner’s behavior.
Their partner is extremely jealous or possessive.
They have unexplained marks or injuries.
They’ve stopped spending time with friends and family.
They are depressed or anxious, or you notice changes in their personality.
If you think your friend or family member is being abused, be supportive by listening to them and asking questions about how they’re doing. The person being abused may not be ready or able to leave the relationship right now.