Helping the Victim become a survivor
If you suspect that someone is being abused, be their support. Go up to them and strike a conversation.
Talk to them about how you feel about the abuser treating them, and encourage them to do the same.
Allow them to come to the realization of being abused themselves.
You can tell them:
• I’m afraid for you and your children.
• I don’t think it’s going to get better. It’ll only get worse.
• We’re here for you, whenever you decide you want to leave.
• You deserve better than this.
• Let’s figure out a safety plan for you.
You don’t have to use the above lines, but the most important thing is to remain supportive. Do not force
them to leave, as then they’ll stay with their abusers because you are treating them the same way their
abusers are. Be non-judgmental and listen to them when they want to talk.*
If you can get your friend to a safe space, have them log on to www.fcr-ma.org/staying-safe for tips or call us at 508-583-6498
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