How to Help a Friend in Need

Useful information for navigating the rough waters of a loved one in an abusive relationship. From one of our featured bloggers- Amy.

“I will probably never see you again.  He’s going to kill you.” My mom said it sternly, yet lovingly, as she pulled away from me and got in the car.

This comment was made at the end of a very tumultuous weekend.  It was the the first time my mom got a glimpse of my husband’s true self, one that I’d managed to hide from her for almost sixteen years.  She refused to stay any longer, as she feared him and what he might do.  She had begged me to leave him and come with her, but I had refused.  I tried to cling to her and my sense of loyalty to my marriage at once, something that was impossible and gut-wrenching.  She left knowing that she may never see me again, but she also realized that there was nothing she could do to make me leave.  She knew, deep inside, that she had to leave me so that I could realize what I needed to do for myself.  I cannot imagine the pain this caused her, but I do know that it was the right choice.

I’ve had several people ask me how they can recognize the signs of abuse and help a friend in trouble.  Throughout these conversations I have seen two consistent factors.  These individuals are confused about the warning signs of abuse, and they want to help but don’t know how.  I can only speak from my experience, but I hope that this information proves helpful.

What are the signs?

Forget Me Not Advocacy Group

free-hugs“I will probably never see you again.  He’s going to kill you.” My mom said it sternly, yet lovingly, as she pulled away from me and got in the car.

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