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Recognizing Abuse in Others and How to Help

How do I know If my friend is being abused?

  • She often has unexplained injuries and her excuses don’t make sense.
  • He acts extremely jealous, especially of men.
  • She is quiet when he is around and seems afraid of making him angry.
  • She stops seeing her friends and family members, becoming isolated from others.
  • She often makes plans then cancels them at the last minute.
  • He controls finances, behavior, plans and friends.
  • You see him lose his temper, striking or breaking or throwing objects.
  • When she is with him, he acts very controlling and constantly insults her.
  • She has casually mentioned his violent behavior but laughed it off as a joke.
  • The children are frequently fighting, or very quiet and withdrawn and won’t talk about it.

If you know someone who is being abused:

  • Be there to listen without judgment.
  • Help them identify resources.
  • Reassure them it is not their fault, that they don’t deserve to be abused.
  • Let them know how afraid you are for them.
  • Help them build their self-esteem by reminding them of their positive qualities.
  • Help them develop a safety plan for home, work, and in public places.

YWCA-Abused Women's Services Crisis Hotline: (901) 725-4277