How to Help a Friend Who is in an Abusive Relationship

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Picture of a hand reaching out to help a friend Showing that you care may be just the motivation your friend needs to leave the abusive relationship.

Domestic and intimate partner violence is not always as clear to see as bruises or a broken arm; however, several key behaviors may indicate that a person is being abused. For instance, you may notice that a friend, relative, or coworker has become more quiet and withdrawn or reluctant to speak about *their relationship and home life, particularly when their partner is present. They may also appear less social or rarely leave the house without their partner.

In situations when their significant other insults them or becomes angry and violent, victims of abuse will often blame themselves for their partner’s anger or make excuses for their significant other’s aggressive behavior. Furthermore, the abuser may frequently speak for the individual or tell them what to say. To find additional signs that may show…

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About sweetcardomom

I am a mother, grandmother and advocate for those suffering from the torment of emotional abuse regardless of gender, or who the abuser is. Emotional abuse can come from anyone around you whether personal or professional. Parents, spouses, lovers, teachers, siblings, co-workers, bosses, and even your therapist. I am a survivor and have grown a lot during the past few months. The struggle continues and so do I. Hoping to make a difference "One Person At A Time" ~ sweetcardomom
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