How to Help a Friend

If someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence . . .

There are some safe ways that you can help him or her. Listening in a non-judgmental way is a helpful method to show your support for your friend. Remember you should never blame the victim for his or her partner's actions and behaviors; the situation is complex. Also, never put yourself in a dangerous situation with the victim's partner or try to mediate. Help your friend come to a comfortable decision on how to resolve the problem. Let your friend know that there are resources in the community that can help, such as confidential counseling and free or low-cost legal services.