Don’t blame or make your friend feel guilty. Domestic violence is complicated and many stay in relationships that are unhealthy for a variety of reasons, so lend an ear or shoulder. Let them know you are a safe place to come to.
Let the individual know that without intervention, abuse often escalates in frequency and severity over time. Seek expert assistance. Make referrals only to specialized domestic violence programs, not to couples counseling.
Some think calling the police is the best option, but that can be tricky. There are many things to consider before you call. Click here to read an article from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Offer them this flyer to navigate their feelings and help them heal in the moment: Trauma and You
24-Hour Hotline: 415-924-6616 (English / Linea de apoyo)
415.457.6760 (ManKind Program for men who want to end their abusive behavior)
Or 1.800.799.SAFE (1.800.799.7233) for a domestic violence program near you