What You Can Say
Helpful things you can say to a friend you suspect is abused.
- I’m afraid for your safety.
- I’m afraid for the safety of your children.
- It will only get worse.
- We’re here for you when you are ready or when you are able to leave.
- You deserve better than this.
You can help
If you know a woman who is being battered, you can do the following:
- Be there as a friend, be non-judgmental, be a good listener. Give her support.
- Allow her to make her own decisions.
- Tell her she is not the only woman being beaten, and that no one deserves to be beaten.
- Find out if she is physically hurt. If so, help her to the hospital.
- You can help her report the assault to the police, if she wishes to do so.
- If you can, help her with transportation and child care.
- If she needs to leave home for her safety, you may be able to help her find a temporary home. In an emergency, invite her to stay with you if you think you will both be safe.
- Please have her call the Women’s Coalition for any further help at 773-9272.
- Print this page for her.
- Speak out against violence.
There’s NO excuse for domestic violence!