Your support and encouragement can be of tremendous value to a friend or loved one involved in an abusive relationship. You can ease the isolation and loss of control s/he may feel by listening, providing information on domestic violence, and encouraging the victim to identify and explore available options.

All intimate relationships have their problems and sometimes it’s difficult for others to decide when it’s appropriate to intervene. Maybe your friend has mentioned “trouble” at home and you’ve dismissed her comments by saying all couples have problems. Ask yourself how you’ve reacted in the past to these possible signs that your friend is being abused and needs your help