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Get Help for a Friend

Fearing that a friend may be in an abusive relationship can be scary and frustrating. It is easy to wonder why your friend doesn’t just leave, or why she doesn’t see how bad things are. In fact, leaving an abusive relationship can be a very difficult thing to do. Statistically, the most dangerous time for a woman is when she tries to leave. Remember that your friend has kept herself safe so far.

Try to offer support without judging your friend. Allow her to make the important decisions for her safety. While it may seem like a good idea to tell her story to someone, like her family or the police, this could place your friend in greater danger. Let your friend know that Haven House can offer confidential help when she is ready.

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