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How you can help if you suspect abuse

It can be hard to admit that we are in an abusive relationship. It can also be hard to ask a friend or family member if they are in one.

Something about relationships tends to make us think they are private, or off limits. That makes us hesitant to ask if people are ok. Maybe we feel like we are violating unspoken rules of personal space.

But if we don't ask friends and family if they are ok, maybe no one will.

If you suspect that someone you know is in an abusive relationship, be willing to gently approach them about it. They might not want to talk. They might say everything is ok. But you have let that person know that you are concerned and maybe when they are ready, they will come to you for help.

"I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We just always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." ~Elie Wiesel


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