Here are some
things you can do to help a friend or family member.
Let your friend know that you are willing to listen
whenever she or he wants to talk. Don't confront your friend if she or he is
not ready to talk. Encourage your friend to talk with her or his health
professional, human resources manager, and supervisor to see what resources
might be available.
Tell your friend that the abuse is not her or
his fault and that no one deserves to be abused. Remind your friend that
domestic violence is against the law and that help is available. Be
understanding if she or he is unable to leave. Your friend knows the situation
best and when it is safest to leave.
If your friend has children,
gently point out that you are concerned that the violence is affecting them.
Many people do not understand that their children are being harmed until
someone else talks about this concern.
The most dangerous time for your friend may be when she or
he is leaving the abusive relationship, so any advice about leaving must be
informed and practical.
The most important step is to help your friend contact local
domestic violence groups. There are programs across the country that provide
options for safety, support, needed information and services, and legal
support. To find the nearest program, call:
National Domestic Violence Hotline toll-free at
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233), or see the website at www.ndvh.org.
The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline toll-free at 1-866-331-9474 or (1-866-331-8453 TTY).
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
If problems from
domestic abuse become more frequent or severe, call your doctor to determine if and when you need to see your
doctor or get other help.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 05, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
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